The law firm of Morris King & Hodge, P.C., is pleased to announce the presentation of $4,200 in scholarship money to three Alabama high school seniors who wrote about the dangers of distracted driving.
Participants in the law firm’s inaugural Drivers Safety Scholarship Fund essay contest were asked to write at least 1,000 words or submit a video essay on the topic of preventing texting while driving.
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First Prize, $2,000
Jordan Jett is a senior at Lawrence County High School in Moulton. Jordan plans to attend the University of North Alabama to prepare for a teaching career.
Second Prize, $1,200
John Washington is a senior at Hazel Green High School in Hazel Green. John plans to pursue a business marketing degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Third Prize, $500
Sidney Gunther is a senior at Huntsville High School in Huntsville. Sidney plans to attend the University of Mississippi and major in chemical engineering.
Congratulations from Morris, King & Hodge, P.C.
Attorney Joe A. King Jr. of the firm said he and others who judged the contest were impressed by the writers’ strong advocacy of the need for teens and others to understand the dangers of texting while driving.
“All of us at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., congratulate Jordan, John and Sidney. Each scholarship winner has presented a piece that showed their hard work and thoughtfulness,” King said.
The statistics show us that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, King said. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other groups have found teenage drivers more likely than older drivers to engage in texting while driving.
Any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the primary task of operating a motor vehicle is distracted driving and a danger, according to the NHTSA’s Distraction.gov website. “Because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction,” according to the NHTSA.
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