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Student videos combat distracted driving

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Students and staff from PfISD high schools want the public’s help saving lives by watching their distracted driving videos this month.

Travis County ESD #2 (the Pflugerville Fire Dept.) has partnered the past two years with PfISD police and high school administrators on a safe driving campaign called: “My Road My Future.” The current contest has a student video from Pflugerville High School facing off against Hendrickson High School to try to get the most views on YouTube this month.

The PHS filmmaking team included Jacob Claxton, Michael Hornsby, Mac Bain, Lily Bitner, Alex Vo and Ava Carrasco. Watch their video today and post it to your social media at https://youtu.be/cetgAtbtf8g.

For Hendrickson High School, the My Road My Future video was made by Miranda Wachtler. Check it out and share it today at https://youtu.be/WdNeVY1Tkyw.

“My Road My Future has the potential to save lives well beyond prom and graduation season,” PfISD Police Chief Patrick Petherbridge said. “We were excited to see the videos these students produced, and how everyone in each high school is banding together to help make them go viral.”

The campaign aims to get new and established drivers talking about the dangers of distracted driving. Common distraction sources include texting, grooming or applying make-up, eating, or reaching for something inside the vehicle such as a personal item, phone, or the control panel.

The high school video with the most views on YouTube by the end of the day April 29 will be the big winner for 2019. The winning school will be honored with a trophy from fire and police. Their video will receive special publicity on the school district and fire department’s websites and social media channels—as well as being nominated for potential news coverage by local TV stations and newspapers.

FACTS & FIGURES
– Here in Travis County, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported a 12% increase in deadly crashes in Travis County from 2016 to 2017.
– AAA reports that distraction was a factor in 3 out of 5 moderate-to-severe teenage crashes in 2015.
– The population group most likely to text and drive is young adults (up to age 34), according to the Pew Research Center.
– TxDOT reports there were 444 deaths and 2,889 serious injuries as a result of distracted driving in the state in 2017.
– According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,450 deaths as a result of distracted driving in 2016.
– NHTSA estimates 9 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries every day from distracted driving.