Itasca, IL –
The National Safety Council today announced the winners of its Hands-free is not risk-free video
contest as part of its Distracted Driving
Awareness Month campaign. A recent NSC poll found 8 out of 10 drivers
mistakenly believe hands-free devices are safer than handheld. For this reason,
NSC called on aspiring filmmakers to create short videos to debunk this common
of Georgia took first place with her video, “Multitasking: Fact or
Fiction?” Ms. Bailey was awarded for her creativity and clarity in showing how
the brain is distracted by a cell phone
conversation, whether hands-free or handheld, while driving.
of Texas took second place for his funny, animated video, “Professionalism.” His video depicts two
risky activities where it would be absurd to engage in a hands-free
conversation, hitting home the point that you shouldn’t be driving a car and
talking on a phone at the same time.
went to Isaac Monson of Indiana. His video, “What is Cognitive
Distraction?” shows how the brain compartmentalizes information and cannot focus on
driving and talking at the same time.
was greatly impressed by the quality submissions for this year’s video
contest,” said David Teater, senior director of Transportation Initiatives at
the Council. “We need to spread videos like these through all of our social
channels to get the word out that hands-free is not a safe option.”
The Council would
like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s contest. The top
three videos can be viewed on the NSC YouTube Channel. Learn more about
why hands-free is not risk-free at nsc.org/handsfreerisk.
the National Safety Council
in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose
mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes
and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and
advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government
agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most
impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug
overdoses and Safe Communities.