Bill Merrylees

Bill Merrylees Joins YSCVT Staff

The Youth Safety Council of Vermont welcomes Bill Merrylees of East Montpelier to its staff. Bill will be presenting the Turn Off Texting demonstration to high schools and driver education programs across Vermont.

The Turn Off Texting demonstration raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving by putting students behind the wheel of a golf cart to navigate a course of cones while texting. It’s a unique, memorable and effective experience for participants, funded by a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and support from generous sponsors including AT&T and

Bill’s experience with directing substance prevention and health campaigns for youth, coordinating afterschool programs, and bicycle tour-leading and advocacy makes the Youth Safety Council especially glad to welcome him to our staff as a presenter and safety educator.

glee Distracted Driving Message

Honda’s New Texting Ad

TOT demo at Williamstown High School.

First TOT Demo of the Season: Williamstown High School!

Our first Turn Off Texting demonstration of the spring season was held today at Williamstown High School with the students of Driver Education instructor Lisa Page. Deputy Sheriff Dan Bohnyak rode along and TOT presenter Johnny Esau introduced everyone to our newest YSCVT Turn Off Texting presenter, Bill Merrylees. Special thanks to the Northfield News for coming by to take photos! It was a great day to kick off our National Distracted Driving Month activities.

The ‘Manifesto” Video.


Just drive.


AT&T’s ‘The Last Text’ Documentary


Faces of Distracted Driving: Alex Brown, 17


VT Health Department Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Texting While Driving is New Public Health Crisis

Listen to Tracy Dolan, Vermont’s Deputy Health Commissioner, discussing the threat of texting while driving that has been measured in Vermont’s latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It’s described as a ‘new public health crisis’ in this Vermont Public Radio interview, and the statistic is jaw-dropping:

National Safety Council Distracted Driving Training Courses Offered in Montpelier

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont will be offering Distracted Driving trainings to the public on a number of dates (below). This is a four-hour classroom course designed to motivate participants to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes. The AGC/VT has been designated by the National Safety Council as a Certified Training Center, the only one in Vermont. Attendees who complete this course will receive an NSC Student Handbook, an AGC/VT Fleet Handbook, and certificates of completion from NSC and AGC/VT. The course is taught by certified National Safety Council and AAA Northern New England instructors.

January 24, 8:00AM-Noon
AGC/VT Training Center, 1 Graves Street, Montpelier, Vermont
(The standard fee for this class is $99 per person but if you reference “Driver Safety” in your registration, this fee will be reduced to $60 per person). Register at or phone (802) 223-1809.

Other Distracted Driving Courses are being presented as well. All Classes begin at 8:00AM and end at noon:

Feb..10: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
Mar. 19: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
April 11: Rutland, The Holiday Inn
April 16: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
April 29: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
May 1: Williston, VT Home Builders, Commerce Ave.
May 15: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
June 11: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
July 16: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.