Congratulations to the VHSA distracted driving PSA contest winners!

Owen Smith
May 13, 2021
Public Safety

Congratulations to the VHSA distracted driving PSA contest winners!

In April, we marked National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a chance to highlight the dangers of distracted driving.

In conjunction with this important message, AT&T is proud to join The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) in congratulating the 8 high school students chosen as this year’s #802PhonesDownHeadsUp video Public Service Announcement contest winners!

You can view all five winning PSA videos in the links below, as well as a People’s Choice winner:

AT&T sponsored the cash prizes for four of these winners, as well as two Sponsor’s Choice prizes that went to the following student videos:

The VHSA #802PhonesDownHeadsUp contest asked high school students to create a 25-second YouTube video to engage new drivers and highlight the dangers of distracted driving. Finalists and winners were selected from the 49 entries submitted.

Award recipients were announced during a virtual award ceremony on April 27, where they also heard from several speakers, including Governor Phil Scott and an AT&T representative.

Many of AT&T’s efforts regarding distracted driving are in conjunction with AT&T’s It Can Wait program. Started in 2010, the It Can Wait program began to help raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Since then, the program has worked with local community and public safety leaders in Vermont and across the country to host school assemblies and public events, utilizing resources such as virtual reality and inspiring millions of pledges to not drive distracted. During that time, the It Can Wait program has expanded from a focus on just texting and driving to include other aspects of our constantly changing world of technology.

I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the dangers of distracted driving by visiting, and urge you to use your position as a community leader to share this information and resources to your constituents, your community and your family and friends. Whether you post it on social media or use word of mouth, you can help spread this critical, life-saving message.

Thank you for your help in this important endeavor