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[INDOT] ‘TXT L8R’ Social-Media Contest Winners Announced
Start Date: 6/29/2016Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/29/2016
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‘TXT L8R’ Social-Media Contest Winners Announced

INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2016) – The Indiana State Police, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Labor and Indiana Department of Transportation today honored 11 Indiana high school and college students who earned up to $5,000 in scholarships by urging their social media followers to “Drive Now. TXT L8R.”

“A texting driver is just as dangerous as an alcohol or drug impaired driver, and both of them become involved in crashes that often result in injury or the senseless loss of life” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “So, today, I’m excited to see the creative results of Hoosier high school and college students who are educating their peers – as well as more seasoned drivers – about the hazards of texting and driving.”

During Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, posts tagged with #TXTL8RIN reached Twitter and Instagram users more than 600,000 times, which included 69 photo and video entries. State agency staff tracked the posts and judged the entries that were the most creative.

Each of the students listed below will have scholarship funds deposited into their CollegeChoice 529 savings plans.

Most Creative Photo, High School Division

  • Audrey Boudreau, Benton Central Jr/Sr High School

Most Creative Video, High School Division

  • Emily Ann Poe, Kankakee Valley High School
  • Melanie Harrold, Kayleena Venditto, Cris Robinson and Grant Stetler, Columbia City High School

Most Creative Photo, College Division

  • Alexander Eib, Purdue University

Most Creative Video, College Division

  • Jordan Hersey, Katie Oswalt, Aaron Giltner and Matt Neff, Huntington University


The “Drive Now. TXT L8R.” contest is funded through a federal grant given from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Winning entries may be viewed at

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