Eighteen-Year-Old Grenada High School Senior Student Creates National Semifinalist Video to Discourage Teens from Distracted Driving

by The Wireless Foundation | May 21, 2015

Katrina Kinder is Semifinalist in the “Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses” PSA                        Contest Sponsored by The Wireless Foundation™ 

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – Katrina Kinder, 18, of Grenada, MS will receive a $500 scholarship for creating a semifinalist video in the inaugural “Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses” PSA contest sponsored by The Wireless Foundation™.

 Through a partnership with By Kids For Kids, The Wireless Foundation created the Drive Smart campaign to enlist young people to develop compelling videos that discourage their peers from driving while distracted. The winners were judged by a panel of parents and wireless industry executives.

 Gillian Annis of Cypress, CA won the grand prize $5,000 scholarship. Garrett Dubofsky of Mercer Island, WA and Terrence Hunt of Hampden, CT were both second place winners, each awarded $1,000 scholarships. Two additional semifinalists both won $500 scholarships: Joseph Giusto of Hope Mills, NC and Jack Rasmussen of Mercer Island, WA.

 “Katrina’s video to remind everyone the dangers of texting while driving was through humor, yet still underscored the importance of removing distractions when behind the wheel,” said Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of CTIA–The Wireless Association and Board Secretary of The Wireless Foundation. “Driving distractions can come in many forms, but it’s important that everyone remembers that their number one priority when behind the wheel is safety. While mobile devices, at their core, are public safety tools since we can call for help anytime, anywhere, we must make sure we’re being responsible users. Wireless companies – from the carriers to the device manufacturers to the app providers – offer a variety of tools to help parents help their kids make the responsible choice.”

 To learn more about the Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses campaign and see the videos, visit


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