Westport student finalist for PSA contest

Spot shows dangers of distracted driving

— A video submitted by Westport Central School Sophmore, Dustin Shoenfeld, has been chosen as a finalist for a distracted driving video contest.

Shoenfeld’s PSA for NYCM Insurance Company’s Distracted Driving Video contest has been selected out of 159 submissions from schools across New York State as a finalist among to win the grand prize of $500.

The 24 second video made with his Sony Hand Cam, shows Dustin’s twin brother, Owen, is driving and texting. On his phone screen text messages read: “Drivers who use hand held devices are four times more likely to crash.

JK right?!

No joke. Over half our friends text and drive.”

Then the video shows a potential accident.

Shoenfeld said he wanted to show the statistics on the phone’s screen to emphasize to young drivers the messages on their phones are not as important as their safety. The video is also a message to teens who don’t believe an accident can happen to them while texting.

“I wanted to show that you can drive distracted and still get into an accident,” Shoenfeld said.

Out of 159 video submissions from 68 participating schools the judges have narrowed the search to 30 videos. The creator of the video with the most "Likes" on April 30 at 4 p.m. will be awarded the $500 prize.

Shoenfeld said if he wins he wants to use the prize money to purchase props, film and recording equipment for future film projects.

“I would like to buy more props for other projects and get a higher quality microphone,” Shoenfeld said.

At the school, Principal Michele Friedman said the staff are very excitted and proud of Shoenfeld for being selected as a finalist.

“I am constantly overwhelmed by the talent of our kids here at Westport,” Friedman said. “We are really excited for him.”

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