Sheriff Department

Distracted Driver Awareness Project

2013 Winner

2013 Poster Winner

The winning billboard (above) by Jenison High School is located on west bound 196 at Market.

2013 Winners

Merchandise Design

Poster/Billboard Design

First Place:
Ben Swanson
Kent City
First Place:
Cody McConnell
Jenison High School
  Sydney Arnold
Northview High School

Radio PSA Campaign

Video PSA Campaign

First Place:
Shelbie Marble
Karlee Robinson
Darrin DeBoer
Tucker Rader
Sparta High School
First Place:
Casey Watters
Nate Woznick
Rockford
Second Place:
Madelyn McCallum
Brianna George
Nathaniel Wiegerink
Shane Miedzielec
Sparta High School
Second Place:
Aaron Bainbridge
Kyler Malstrom
Rockford

Since the spring of 2008, the Kent County Sheriff Department has been working with some of the local high schools to promote awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted. This program has been geared toward educating young drivers of these dangers in an effort to instill safe driving habits.

The program targets these drivers with an education segment, and then allows the students creativity to shine through as they create videos and posters with a message about this problem. Once the students complete their projects, they are judged by fellow students to increase awareness amongst their classmates, and then the winners are displayed for the general public to view, therefore increasing this awareness to a bigger audience.

In 2008, students from Northview and Byron Center High Schools created one 30 second video each as a public service announcement. Both of these videos were broadcast to the public on a local news program.

In 2009, students from Northview and Byron Center created posters displaying a message regarding the dangers of distracted driving. The winning poster (from a Byron Center student) was made into a billboard and placed on US 131 for all the motoring public to view. In this same year, students from Forest Hills Central, Northern, and Eastern created several videos with this same message. The winning video was broadcast for the month of May as a public service announcement on a local TV station.

In 2010, 12 local Kent County High Schools competed in the Distracted Driving Program. Students from these schools competed in producing posters, radio public service announcements and television spots. All of these mediums were designed to continue to create awareness on the dangers of distracted driving. The program and the Kent County Sheriff's Department reached over 12,000 students and untold numbers of listeners and viewers.

In 2010, Deputy Tim Erhardt received recognition awards from the Community Policing Association of Michigan and the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission for his dedication to traffic safety awareness.

Past Winners

2012 Winners

Merchandise Design

Poster/Billboard Design

First Place:
Tiffany Christian, Morgan Wildeboer
Kent City High School
                
First Place:
Brittan Wolters
Jenison High School
Second Place:
Sidney Dudley
Hastings High School
           
Second Place:      
Allison Merritt
Kenowa Hills High School
   

Radio PSA Campaign

Video PSA Campaign

First Place:
Devin Andenno, Cobie Miller, Ryan Zahran
Byron Center High School
First Place:
Mark VanBruggen
Forest Hills Eastern High School
              
Second Place:
Jessica Anderson, Ethan Babkiewicz, Jared Bradford, Matthew Larkin-Jensen
Sparta High School
               
Second Place:
Jordan Shiparski, Corey Ykema
Rockford High School
         
   

2011 Winners

Merchandise Design

Poster/Billboard Design

First Place (Tie):
Kelsey Devroy
Hastings High School
First Place:
Tyler Mills
Spring Lake High School
      
First Place (Tie):
Sarah Wheeler, Kenzie Tyink
Kent City High School
Second Place:
Ben Steer
Forest Hills Northern
   

Radio PSA Campaign

Video PSA Campaign

First Place:
Josh Morris, Cameron Sharp
Byron Center High School
First Place:
Carly Dew, Blake McDonald, Claire Riddering, Nate Schuiteman
Rockford High School

Second Place:
Sarah Wolters, Dakota Shelley
Zeeland West High School     
Second Place:
Cameron Matthews
Careerline Tech Center  
   

2010 Winners

Poster/Billboard Design

First Place: Stacy Shimp - Kenowa Hills High School

Second Place: Jennifer Wilson - Comstock Park High School
 

Radio PSA Campaign

First Place: Alysia Simons, Maggie Nye - Byron Center High School
Second Place: Amanda Tamburrino, Jessica Tamburrino, Emily Hazelbach, Kort Alexander - Caledonia High School
 

Video PSA Campaign

First Place: Melanie Thelen, Katie Blok, Cameron Raguse, Darryle Forbes, Becky Pitts - Forest Hills Eastern High School
Second Place: Alex Bird, Emily Pitcher, Celine Stallmer, Ali McNamara - Rockford High School
   

2009 Winners

Poster/Billboard Design

First Place: Allison Steffes - Byron Center High School
Second Place: Timothy Pleune - Northview High School