Tupelo High School Seniors and the Natchez Trace Parkway Work Together to Discourage Distracted Driving


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Date: December 7, 2015

TUPELO, MS: Natchez Trace Parkway staff members recently partnered with three Tupelo High School (THS) students on a senior culmination project designed to raise awareness of the consequences of distracted driving. Senior culmination project group members, Dilan Patel, Ricardo Ungo, and Caroline Harris, mentored by Park Ranger Melanie Sander, created a public service announcement (PSA) which encourages motorists to avoid texting while driving.

While conducting research for the PSA, group members interviewed a motorist involved in a bicycle-motor vehicle collision on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The discussion left a lasting impression on the students and sparked a desire among them to educate their peers on this important matter. "The Parkway was excited to partner with Tupelo High School students on the project," said Sander. In addition to creating the PSA, group members presented the "Consequences of Distracted Driving" program during teacher advisory periods at THS. "Sharing this message with our classmates keeps us all safer on the roads," said Ungo.

The final version of the PSA will be available by mid-December on the Natchez Trace Parkway website -www.nps.gov/natr and Facebook page -www.facebook.com/NatchezTraceParkwayNPS.


Last updated: December 7, 2015

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