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Johnson student aims to end distracted driving

smart driving club Johnson High School PTSA Smart Driving Club members work on campus and in their community to remind drivers to not drive distracted. They share this message throughout the year with the hope of making their community and city safer.

April is National Distracted Driving month and one student decided to work with several Johnson cluster schools to make sure parents and students saw this important message when they were headed into school.

Jason Palmer is the social media officer for the Smart Driving Club and reached out to principals for Johnson cluster schools to ask if they would put a safe driving message on the school marquee.

“I reached out to cluster schools to get our message out to our NEISD families and community. I wanted to help spread the word of safe driving to younger kids and their parents,” said Palmer.

Melinda Cox is the parent sponsor for the JHS PTSA Smart Driving Club and believes drivers need daily reminders to make safe choices behind the wheel.

“We are all a community no matter what campus your child attends and I believe we are all responsible for reminding each other to make safe driving choices,” said Cox. “Our children are out there walking to school , in the crosswalks, getting off of busses and driving themselves to campus. As parents, we need to set the example and stay off our phones , and not just in the school zones. We need to help break the distracted driving culture. Daily messages placed in familiar areas help remind us of that responsibility.”

Members of the driving club work hard to push the safe driving message out to their campus and community as often as they can. The club appreciates the support of our campuses and community. This support is important to club members and necessary for them to be successful in their club mission.

I think community support is crucial to our success because if the community can buy in and support our cause, it will overall make our community a much safer place to live, said Palmer.

For information on the Johnson HS PTSA Smart Driving club, please contact Melinda Cox at

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