Local student runner-up in statewide texting while driving video contest

Local student runner-up in statewide texting while driving video contest

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A normal summer day for teens means hanging out with friends at the pool and taking a ride with the top down and music blasting.

In an instance, sending a quick text message, can turn into tragedy. It's the message St. Ursula senior, Kate Barnhart conveyed in a video she entered into a statewide contest.

You can watch Kate's video, along with all the other winners here:

"You're not even thinking about how those amazing days could be completely destroyed by just looking at your phone once," explained Kate.

She took runner-up in the Ohio Turnpike's W82TXT contest. It ran in conjunction with the Red Thumb Band campaign, aimed at reducing distracted driving during the 100 deadliest days for teens. That's the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

"I make a lot of videos for St. Ursula and my grandpa saw it in the newspaper and knows it's something that I like doing and it has a really important message so I thought, 'why not?'" said Kate about entering into the contest.

She enlisted her friends for a fun afternoon of filming, which resulted in the one minute video.

She's not stopping here. Kate said she wants to study film in college.

She's hoping her work gets people thinking and catches them off guard.

"The important message is to just not look at your phone. Try your hardest not to be distracted. Everyday, teenagers are dying and it's awful," said Kate.

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