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W&M football coach, CW designer named judges of distracted driving contest

Texting is banned for all drivers. In Virginia, it is considered a primary offense, which means police can pull you over if they suspect you of texting while driving. (file photo/Pexels)
Texting is banned for all drivers. In Virginia, it is considered a primary offense, which means police can pull you over if they suspect you of texting while driving. (file photo/Pexels)

What do a William & Mary football coach, Colonial Williamsburg graphic designer, and a sheriff’s office captain have in common? They’re all judges for the Take Action Against Distraction plate design contest.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has announced the names of five community members who will judge the Hampton Roads division of the DMV’s license plate contest, according to a release from the DMV.

In the contest, Virginia high school students can show off their artistic eye by creating license plates that discourage distracted driving. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 — and could possibly save lives at the same time.

The design competition encourages teens to be aware of the harm distracted driving can cause.

The DMV opened the contest in November, but only announced the judges this past week. The judges for the Hampton Roads district are:

  • Anne Edwards, a highway safety advocate from Boost ‘Em in the Back
  • Valerie Eppolito, a senior exhibits graphic designer at Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
  • Jimmye Laycock, head football coach for William and Mary
  • Jordan Pascale, a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot
  • Capt. David Shield from the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office

On Feb. 20, each district’s panel of judges will choose eight finalists from their area.

The final designs will then be open for a public online vote from Feb. 20 to March 20. The statewide winner will be announced in April and will take home the cash prize.

“All of the judges are respected members and leaders in their communities and offer a wealth of knowledge from a variety of fields, such as highway safety, education, art, athletics, media and journalism, philanthropy, and law enforcement,” Richard D. Holcomb, Virginia DMV commissioner, said.

Other districts will host different famous judges from Chris Long, a Philadelphia Eagles football player, in the Staunton District, to Joy Crump, a former contestant on the television show “Top Chef” in the Fairfax South District.

For more information on the Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest visit www.dmvNOW.com/vaplatecontest.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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