Local high school wins thousands in safe driving campaign

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One local high school was awarded $7,000 for doing their part to end distracted driving in the Ohio Valley.

Ted Showalter, General Manager of Whiteside Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac presented a check to students from St. Clairsville High School Thursday afternoon.

They were the winners of Whiteside’s Ohio Teen Safe Driver Online Campaign. Students were encouraged to take a pledge not to text or talk on their cellphone while driving.

After taking the pledge, students would click on their school and the one with the most pledges received the money.

“We are real happy with the way it turned out. We got a lot of positive feed back. A lot of positive response and if we can save one life of one child because of this program it was well worth it,” said Showalter.

“It’s good for everyone to be a safe driver. Keep everyone safe, save lives and not harm anybody,” said Matt Butkus, a St. Clairsville student.

St. Clairsville School Superintendent Walt Skaggs said the money will be used, in part, to fund a scholarship for the school’s “Stay Clean Club”. Members agree to be drug tested several times throughout the year.

The contest generated over 9,000 pledges from area schools.

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