Red Ribbon Ceremony Dec. 4, 2018

The 28th Annual Red Ribbon Ceremony, December 4, 2018

Please join us at the 28th Annual Red Ribbon Ceremony to remember and honor those who have been injured or killed by impaired or distracted drivers on Vermont’s roads and highways. The ceremony is 4:30pm, December 4, 2018 in the House Chamber of the Vermont State House. Sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program; The Community Justice Network of Vermont; and the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services.

A PSA: No text or call is worth your life.

TOT in Norwich

Fall & Winter Turn Off Texting Demos Now Scheduling!

Turn Off Texting is a free demonstration that uses a golf cart to give young drivers a first-hand guided experience of the dangers of distracted driving. With support from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and sponsors like AT&T, it travels to your community’s high school, anywhere in Vermont. If you haven’t yet worked with us to bring this hands-on educational experience to your region’s young drivers, learn more and schedule an autumn visit at Dates are now being offered!

We’re also pleased to announce that a limited number of Turn Off Texting presentations will be available with a driving simulator beginning in November and continuing through the winter. We’re able to present this version of the TOT demonstration with a mobile classroom and realistic driving simulator that travels across Vermont when the weather is too cold to use golf carts. Driver Educators or community event organizers can visit to request a winter TOT demonstration; they’re being scheduled first-come, first-served and availability is limited. Find more information about the simulator program here.

Thanks for helping to spread the word about Turn Off Texting, a free community resource!

Photo: TOT Presenter Paul Burroughs with students of Driver Educator Gabriella Netsch and the TOT mobile classroom in Norwich.

2018 Rutland Car Show

Visit Turn Off Texting at the Rutland Car Show & Auto Flea Market on Sunday, 7/15

Find Turn Off Texting and its mobile driving simulator at the 2018 Rutland Car Show and Auto Flea Market (previously known as the RAVE Car Show)! The Car Show is Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 and Turn Off Texting will be there SUNDAY, JULY 15, at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, VT, with our friends from the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance.

We’ll be in the middle of a wild collection of old cars, vendors, food purveyors, and lots of flea market activity. Trophies are given away each day, and the big ceremony is on Sunday. This year the Car Show is featuring Chevrolet Trucks; this is the 100th Anniversary of the first Chevy Truck to roll off of the assembly line.

Admission is only $5, and kids under 12 get in for free!

If you would like to enter your car or motorcycle or truck into the show, go here for more details:

Hope we see you out there!

Sharon Academy

Turn Off Texting at Sharon Academy!

Some of the Sharon Academy students who experienced Turn Off Texting with YSCVT presenter Paul Burroughs and Driver Educator Gabriella Netsch of Yankee Driving School!

TOT at Globalfoundries

Turn Off Texting at GlobalFoundries

Sending thanks out to Heather Cotto and the GlobalFoundries safety team (Sam, Evan, Javier, Nate, Chris and volunteers!) for inviting Turn Off Texting to their Safety Day today! It was beautiful on the GlobalFoundries campus in Essex, and the warm welcome by everyone who participated made it special for us.

The VHSA PSA Video Contest Winners!

Here are the winning videos from the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance PSA Contest #802phonesdown!headsup!

Above: Isaak Olson,Essex High School, 3rd Place

Tanner Bischofberger & Kyle Monier, River Valley Technical Center, 2nd Place

Andrew Malshuk, Bellows Falls Union High School, 1st Place

Congrats to everyone!

Gov. Scott & Paul Burroughs

Turn Off Texting at the AGC Construction Career Day!

The Youth Safety Council was invited to share our Turn Off Texting presentation at the Associated General Contractors of Vermont 2018 Construction Career Day on May 16. We fit in among dozens of other demonstrations and workshops, and students got to try the golf cart and driving simulator versions of Turn Off Texting. Thank you, AGC for including us!

TOT in Thetford

The Turn Off Texting Simulator at Thetford Academy

The YSCVT sends special thanks out to our program supporters and sponsors for making this statewide safety experience available to Vermont’s youngest drivers!

Springfield TOT

Turn Off Texting in Springfield

Here’s a photo of Youth Safety Council Presenter Paul Burroughs (red jack, in front) with Springfield High School students and the Turn Off Texting mobile driving simulator. Young Southern Vermont drivers are learning how important it is to stay focused behind the wheel!