Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.

Paul Burroughs, Andrew Kingman, & Pam Ricker at Cabot High School

Thank You, Turn Off Texting Sponsors!

This season of the YSCVT Turn Off Texting program is generously sponsored by AT&T and the Vermont Insurance Agents Association, with support from the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the Vermont Association of Domestic Property & Casualty Insurance Companies. In the photo above, Andrew Kingman, AT&T Regional Director, External Affairs, Northern New England (center) joins TOT Presenter Paul Burroughs and Driver Educator Pam Ricker during a TOT demonstration at Cabot High School.

Officer Benjamin Michaud with student

Turn Off Texting at U32 High School, East Montpelier

Turn Off Texting was presented by the Youth Safety Council of Vermont at U32 High School in East Montpelier on May 27, 2016. Andrew Kingman and Officer Benjamin Michaud of the Montpelier Police were special guests as TOT presenter Paul Burroughs brought the golf cart presentation to students of driver educator Sandie Chaloux.

Photo key:
Paul Burroughs, YSCVT Presenter: Red shirt with yellow logo.
Sandie Chaloux, Driver Educator: Blue shirt with white art.
Andrew Kingman, Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T: Pink shirt, gray pants.
Officer Benjamin Michaud, Montpelier Police Dept.: Police uniform.

Rep. Catherine Toll Visits Turn Off Texting at Cabot High School

Vermont Representative Catherine Toll (Caledonia-Washington) visited the students of Cabot High School to participate in a ‘Turn Off Texting’ demonstration presented by the Youth Safety Council of Vermont with guest host Andrew Kingman, AT&T Regional Director, External Affairs, Northern New England. The demonstration, called ‘Turn Off Texting, is a free demonstration provided by the Youth Safety Council to high schools and community groups across the state, info at yscvt.org.

Toll and Kingman shared statistics and experiences about making safe decisions with 16 young drivers, and provided information about how dramatically dangerous it is to drive while distracted, noting using a handheld device at the wheel is as dangerous as driving drunk. Kingman shared information from the AT&T ‘It Can Wait’ campaign, itcanwait.com, to prevent distracted driving, and mentioned the free AT&T ‘Drive Mode’ mobile app that automatically disables cell phone distractions while driving, https://youtu.be/D77-ncDZBEM

Presenter Paul Burroughs guided students as they steered through a course of traffic cones in a golf cart while texting, learning first-hand that distracted driving has dangerous consequences. They crushed cones with the cart, unable to drive accurately while using their phones. Driver Educator Pam Ricker invited the YSCVT Turn Off Texting demonstration to campus.

High resolution photos are available at https://goo.gl/photos/EH1kkJKJrm9hJQrw7

To contact James Lockridge, Executive Director, Youth Safety Council of Vermont: (802) 881-9050, info@yscvt.org. A schedule of upcoming Turn Off Texting demonstrations throughout the state is published at yscvt.org and members of the press are always welcome to attend.

To contact Rep. Catherine Toll: (802) 684-3671, ktoll@leg.state.vt.us

To contact Andrew A. Kingman, Regional Director, External Affairs, Northern New England (VT, NH, ME): (617) 416-1367, andrew.kingman@att.com

TOT at Springfield High School

Turn Off Texting at Springfield High School

Turn Off Texting visited Springfield High School two days in April! In the photo: Driver Educator Kevin Anderson with students.

Turn Off Texting at Woodstock Union High School

Springfield TOT

Turn Off Texting traveled to Woodstock Union High School in April. In the photo: Driver Educator Richard Kearney with his students.

TOT Presenter Paul Burroughs Recognized at Woodstock Union High School

Turn Off Texting presenter Paul Burroughs was kindly recognized by educator Rich Kearney and students in Woodstock this month. Rich says, “A ginormous thank you to YSCVT and Paul for your continued alliance with Woodstock Union High School. The Turn Off Texting demonstration really drives home the dangers of texting and driving.” Thank you, Rich and students of Woodstock U.H.S.!

Paul Burroughs

A New Video About The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Mission

Video by VHSA.

The Youth Safety Council of Vermont is a proud member of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance. This new short video explains what’s at stake on our roads, why the VHSA mission matters, and what we’re doing to help make and keep our highways safe.

Stay Safe, Vermont – Don’t Drive Distracted!

Poster Art

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

Infographic by Distracteddriveraccidents.com.

Distracted Driving Infographic