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2016 “No 2 Distracted Driving” Video Contest Winners

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71% of teens and young people say they have composed/sent SMS messages while driving. Fully 78% say they have read an SMS message while driving. And the University of Michigan Transporation Research Institute says 25% of teen drivers respond to a text message every time they’re behind the wheel.

For the fourth year in a row, Hampton Roads High School students joined with Hall Automotive and Cox Communications in their commitment towards safe driving in the community by creating and submitting videos highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. A panel selected four finalists from all the entries received then visitors to viewed the videos and voted for their favorites.

The results of the 2016 “No 2 Distracted Driving Video Contest” are below. Congratulations to all four winners and to every student and student group who submitted entries. Check back to over the school year for additional information on how you can help prevent distracted driving…and for details regarding next year’s contest!


The 2016 Grand Prize winning video is “One Choice,” submitted by the student group of Grace Harwell and Syra Newman from Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.  As Grand Prize winners, the student group and the school both win $3500 from Hall Automotive and Cox Communications.


The Second Place video is “Was It Worth It?,” submitted by Joshua Wingard from StoneBridge School in Chesapeake.  He wins $300.


The Third Place video is “Don’t Text and Drive Part 2,” submitted by the student group of Justin Newell, Brendan Ackelson and Robbie Nye from Grassfield High School in Chesapeake.  Their student group wins $200.


The Fourth Place video is “What Can Distract a Driver,” submitted by the student group of Austin Carmony, Corbin Payne and Devyn Matherson from Poquoson High School in Poquoson.  Their student group wins $100.