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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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Virginia DMV Receives Award from the National Safety Council
License Plate Contest Earns Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award

HOUSTON, TEXAS - On Monday, October 22, 2018, the National Safety Council presented its prestigious Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for its continued dedication to safety.

DMV's statewide Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest was recognized for its efforts in starting the conversation and raising awareness about distracted driving among young Virginia drivers.

"In 2017, more than 14,600 people were injured and 208 killed on Virginia roadways due to distracted driving. The only acceptable number of highway fatalities is zero," said Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation. "DMV's contest and the winning license plate have helped start conversations about distracted driving, making us all think twice before taking our eyes off the road."

After receiving nearly 200 entries, eight license plate design concepts created by Virginia high school students were selected to compete in an online vote. More than 17,000 votes were cast, and Blacksburg High School student Kaya Windpainter's "Eyes on the Road" design concept was voted the winner. It is now available for all Virginia drivers to purchase.

"With the number of quality contest submissions and online votes, our expectations were exceeded," said Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. "We are proud to be recognized by the Council with the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award for making a difference and keeping teens safer."

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers, yet these crashes are preventable. The National Safety Council presents the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award to individuals or organizations working to improve teen driver safety and save lives.

"Our award winners recognize safety is a journey rather than a destination," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council. "These individuals and organizations constantly ask, 'What more can we do?' We are proud to honor the winners and to recognize all the outstanding nominees that share the Council's goal of eliminating preventable deaths and injuries in our lifetime."

Visit for additional information about the National Safety Council Awards.

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