Howell High School Senior Jordan Belanger Named Winner of 2016 Distracted Driving Billboard Challenge
The Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan (TIA), Michigan State
Police, and State Farm announced a statewide distracted driving
education and enforcement initiative today. This campaign coincides with
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which takes place in
“When operating a motor vehicle, we all have a personal
responsibility to protect our life and the lives of the innocent people
traveling around us,” said Jim Santilli, executive director of TIA. “One
simple distraction, such as a short text message, can change many lives
Through funding provided by State Farm, TIA recently
challenged Michigan high school students to design a distracted driving
Nearly 90 innovative designs were judged by a
selection committee consisting of: Santilli; David Arce, agent at State
Farm; Kimberly Cardenas, student at Romeo High School; Kelly Carson,
teacher at Romeo High School; Steve Guc, agent at State Farm; Saminia
Hooks, student at Romeo High School; Nick Palaian, agent at State Farm;
Chief Fred Posavetz of the Clinton Township Police Department; Sheriff
Anthony Wickersham of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office; and Captain
Monica Yesh, district commander of the Michigan State Police.
selection committee chose a design created by S. Jordan Belanger, a
student at Howell High School. The design, which is titled “Don’t Juggle
Your Attention,” was selected because it used creativity to emphasize
the many types of distractions.
"Winning the 2016 Distracted
Driving Billboard Challenge is a great honor for Jordan,” said Erin J.
MacGregor, superintendent of Howell Public Schools. “I know that his
attention-grabbing design will help raise awareness of distracted
driving. I am thankful to the Traffic Improvement Association of
Michigan and State Farm for providing this unique opportunity to our
Belanger’s design will be seen throughout the state of
Michigan during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. More than
16 million impressions will be made.