LOGAN, Utah —A teenager on her phone, a toddler playing in a neighborhood and a mother running toward her child are the subject of an impactful video on distracted driving shot and edited by a Cache Valley student.
The video was shot and edited by Green Canyon High School sophomore Brad Kendrick using a real-life experience as inspiration to warn teenagers and adults on the dangers of distracted driving. The CTIA Wireless Foundation named Kendrick’s film a finalist in its Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses Teen Digital Short Contest.
“I actually had a neighbor whose son was run over by a car when they were really young, like age 2,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick said the journey to create the video began when heard there were scholarship opportunities in videography. When he looked into it, he came across the competition.
Inspiration hit him when he read one of the rules for the competition, which stated entries had to be films “whose message is to convince teens of the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of not texting while driving”
Drawing inspiration from his neighbors’ story, he asked relatives to help him portray it while he shot and edited the video.
“I thought that was a good way to do it,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick’s film competed against videos submitted by students between the ages of 13 and 18 from across the country. Being named a finalist, Kendrick received a $1,000 scholarship for his accomplishment.
“I was pretty happy about it, honestly,” Kendrick said. “It was a national competition so I felt really good to get a finalist in a national level, so that gives me hope so I can hopefully go to college and get a job in videography.”
Kendrick said he understands the importance of not driving distracted and said he puts his phone away while driving, wears his seat belt and doesn’t do anything that requires one of his hands to be off the steering wheel.
He said he hopes his video will help drivers understand the dangers of driving while distracted and encourage them not to text and drive.
Kendrick’s video is available on the CTIA Wireless Foundation’s YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/BawwJiCRrwI (case-sensitive).