We at the Patterson Law Group are pleased to thank the participants of our # TextFreeForTita Distracted Driving scholarship competition in autumn 2019 and to send special congratulations to the winner, high school graduate Noah Hodge.
Noah is a very talented young man, whose entry, a poem entitled "Were they worth it?", Illustrates the extreme danger of distracted driving. It indicates the worst result that can occur if a driver ignores the importance of following the upcoming course. We hope that, as Noah did when he wrote his poem, we will all consider the high likelihood of a tragic outcome before doing something that gets us off the road every time we get behind the wheel distracts.
Noah Hodge ranks 2nd among 553 students in his class. He achieved a 4.0 GPA. As a conscientious and civic student, he is a member of many clubs and organizations, including the National Honor Society, the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and the UIL literary criticism team. He volunteers his services to several organizations, including the San Antonio Food Bank. Noah plans to visit the University of Texas in the fall.
The competition was launched in honor of Emma "Tita" Lourdes Shaffer, who lost her life in an accident involving a distracted driver. Tita was a very thoughtful sixth grader with a bright future ahead of her. On April 9, 2016, she and her mother drove home from dinner when an oncoming vehicle hit their car head-on.
The driver of the car that Tita and her mother met wrote an SMS while driving. She was also a mother with her little daughter as a passenger. Their lack of attention to the road caused them to turn from the south lane to the north lane, resulting in a head-on collision that resulted in the tragic deaths of mothers and daughters.
The #TextFreeForTita Distracted Driving Scholarship Competition was organized to raise public awareness of the increasing risk of distracted driving. Every fifth traffic fatality in Texas is caused by a distracted driver.
The contest also offers a young person the opportunity to earn $ 1,000 for tuition or related education costs. In order to participate in the competition, eligible students must complete the application for the spring semester competition by May 31. December 31 is the deadline for examining the fall semester competition.
Participants need to use their creativity by designing and sharing the effects of distracted driving and ways to reduce the number of deaths caused by the problem in the state of Texas. The entries can be in the form of video or multimedia works, written works (such as poems) or photo or graphic creations.
The Patterson Law Group aims to promote responsible driving habits for citizens of all ages. We are pleased to be able to offer this award as another means to raise awareness of the risk of text messages or other actions while driving, while giving an outstanding student the opportunity to receive support for the cost of higher education.
Fortunately, deaths from distracted driving are avoidable. Creative methods to educate everyone about the danger and to encourage drivers to remember to put their phones and anything that might distract their attention from the road ahead of them before starting their engine make a significant contribution to reduce and hopefully eliminate this danger.
We thank you for the efforts of all of our competition participants. If you know a college-bound senior who may be eligible to participate, please refer them to the competition page on our website.
Congratulations again, Noah. We appreciate the time and thought that went into your winning poem and it is a much needed message.