Hume Fogg students lend spoken word poetry to pedestrian safety

A group of students at Hume Fogg is fed up with Nashville’s poor track record in pedestrian safety.  A student group, Stop! Take Notice, formed to do something about it after the December 2013 death of their classmate in a crosswalk outside their school.

For a few years now, students have been fiercely advocating for better pedestrian safety around the city, including the passage of the Elena Zamaro Memorial Act which (slightly) stiffened the penalties for seriously injuring or killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  The student group has also installed eye-catching art around downtown to try to raise awareness among drivers about pedestrian safety.

And just a few weeks ago, the student group released an excellent video featuring a spoken word poem by former classmate Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay and videography by recent graduates Arif Bashar, Jonathan Warkenitin, and some of their classmates.  It’s well worth a few minutes of your time:

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Practice Safe Text

If you drive on highways in Nashville, and your head isn’t buried in your cell phone, you may see one of the winning messages from TDOT’s contest on the dynamic message boards above your head.

Though any of the finalists could be used on the boards, the top five are:

  1. “Turn signals, the original instant messaging.”
  2. “Get the cell off your phone and drive.”
  3. “Practice safe text. Don’t do it while driving.”
  4. “You’re in Tennessee. Volunteer to drive safe.”
  5. “Ain’t nobody got time for a wreck. Slow it down.”

Sadly, none of the winning entries included the word “y’all.”

Earlier: What cory message do you want to see while driving?Give Your Ideas for Highway Sign Boards, Y’all

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Highway Patrol reminds us to drive safely … I think

In a cryptic tweet that’s sure to take your eyes off the road for longer than usual (while you try to figure out what it says), the Nashville office of the Tennessee Highway Patrol implores us to remember driver’s ed:

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