Messiah University student Jessie Morgan has won the Morris Bart Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship, an award worth $2,500. The scholarship required applicants to create a short PSA about the dangers of distracted driving.
Morgan’s entry featured a humorous montage of her performing tasks in her car that are obviously unsuited to vehicles. For example, fed her cat, prepared ingredients for a cake, practiced violin, and more.
At the end of the video, Jessie Morgan spoke directly to the audience, underscoring the fact that texting while driving, or being on your phone in any way, is just as inappropriate as trying to perform those ridiculous tasks.
“I think that the problem of distracted driving is getting consistently worse,” she said in an interview with Morris Bart representatives. However, education, diligence, and discipline can all help chip away at the amount of car accidents that occur due to distracted drivers.
To help prevent accidents and injuries, Jessie Morgan suggests removing temptation. Turn off your phone while driving, silence notifications, or just toss your phone into the backseat where you won’t be able to reach it. This may be difficult to do, she says, but “discipline is an important part of forming any healthy habit.”
A Communications major at Messiah University, Jessie Morgan put her minor in marketing to work for this PSA. In her spare time, she also performs and tours with Messiah’s worship band.
Watch Jessie’s winning PSA video here.
About the Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship
The Morris Bart Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship was founded by Morris Bart Attorneys at Law because of the worrying trends in distracted driving (specifically, texting while driving). Our personal injury firm and its more than 100 attorneys have seen countless injuries resulting from drivers failing to remain focused on the task of driving. With increased awareness and education, our hope is that we can all remain safe on our nation’s highways and roads.