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!

Rutland TOT Simulator Visit

The Turn Off Texting Driving Simulator in Rutland!

The Turn Off Texting mobile driving simulator visited Rutland where students and YSCVT Presenter Paul Burroughs got to hang out with our friend and regional safety advocate Lt. Kevin Geno, fourth from the right in the photo.

‘Hopes and Dreams’ from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program

The YSCVT sends thanks and congratulations to our friends and supporters at the Governor’s Highway Safety Program for the new powerful public service announcement, “Hopes and Dreams.” Here’s the press release…

For Immediate Release 04/27/2018

On behalf of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) in the Office of Highway Safety at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, we are pleased to release this ‘Hopes and Dreams’ School Bus Safety Public Service Announcement. We would like to thank the marketing firm HMC for the production of this public service announcement.  We would also like to thank the student actors and their parents from Barre, Northfield, Johnson and Stowe. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the Colchester Police Department/Chittenden SHARP for traffic control and support during filming and the school bus company Mountain Transit for donating the bus for filming. The GHSP is federally funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

TOT in Thetford

Turn Off Texting at Thetford Academy

Turn Off Texting presenter Paul Burroughs brought the driving simulator version of the program to Rich Kearney of Upper Valley Driving Academy and the students of Thetford Academy on March 27. Find Turn Off Texting all over Vermont this spring!

Don't Text & Drive!

Video Contest Aims to Change Distracted Driving Habits Among High School Students

March 15, 2018 / Montpelier, Vt. – In conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) is excited to announce the #802phonesdown!headsup! video public service announcement contest. The contest is open to high school students and is designed to encourage young drivers, friends, and peers to avoid distracted driving. The first-place winner will be awarded $750; second place $500; and third place $250.

Every distracted driving death is preventable. Taking your eye off the road for even a few seconds is all it takes to change a life forever.  Still, people text and drive on Vermont roads every day. The goal for entrants is to research this important issue and produce a compelling 25 second video that can enact change and spread the message that distracted driving is unacceptable. The VHSA hopes that videos produced by high school students will offer a relatable perspective for other young drivers.

The contest is divided into two phases:

  • Phase One: March 9th to April 13th. Research and production of the video.  Up to eight (8) finalists will be selected from these entries.
  • Phase Two: April 20th to April 30th. Finalists will be asked to promote their video on social media outlets and submit their metrics. Winners will be judged on both the quality of the video and the number of people reached organically using social media.

The winning videos will be announced in late spring and distributed on social media sites by the VHSA and safety partners. Details of an award ceremony will be announced at a later date.

The contest is sponsored by: The VHSA, AAA of Northern New England, The Vermont Insurance Agents Association, The World, Consultant on Police Services, Vermont Automotive Distributors Association, Midstate Dodge, and the Central Vermont Rotary Club.

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Contact: Evelyn McFarlane,, (802) 595 4661