A South Pointe High School sophomore won a statewide video-production contest aimed at spreading the word about the dangers of texting while driving.
Joshua Dantzler won first place in the “It Can Wait” contest, sponsored by the South Carolina Press Association and AT&T.
“I wanted to do something different,” Dantzler said of his video, which features a teenager narrating an apology letter to his parents after being killed in a crash caused by distracted driving.
“It is my stupid choice that has gotten me killed,” the narrator said.
When Dantzler learned about the contest, he started by doing research into other anti-texting and driving public service announcements and statistics about the dangers of distracted driving.
He wanted his video to be powerful and to really stick with viewers, even after it was over.
“You don’t want to leave your parents an apology letter,” Dantzler said.
Dantzler actually tied for first place with a team of students from Brookland-Cayce High School in Lexington County. Both will win a $250 cash prize and will be honored, along with the winner of an essay contest, at an awards presentation.
Even though Dantzler can’t drive on his own yet, he said he won’t text and drive.
“Just put down the phone,” he said he would urge his fellow teenagers. “It’s what I should do, so it’s what you should do.”