Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson, an 18-year-old senior at Denham Springs High School, was recently named the winner of a three-parish video contest sponsored by the Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition (CRTSC). The Safety Jamz Music Video Contest, held to commemorate Teen Driver Safety Week, was open to high school students in East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes.

DENHAM SPRINGS -- To Taylor Wilson, the song was nothing more than “a cheesy parody.”

It must’ve been some good cheese.

Wilson, an 18-year-old senior at Denham Springs High School, was recently named the winner of a three-parish video contest sponsored by the Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition (CRTSC).

The Safety Jamz Music Video Contest, held to commemorate Teen Driver Safety Week, was open to high school students in East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes. Those three parishes had the highest number of recorded injuries and fatalities on roadways within the capital region, said Kenyatta Robertson, CRTSC safety coordinator.

For the contest, participants had to create a 60-second video focusing on any of a variety of driving topics, such as hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed or space management, distracted or impaired driving, and seat belt usage.

The contest, which was funded through Ford Driving Skills for Life, promised the winner a $300 gift card to Best Buy.

Wilson will be heading there soon.

For his submission, Wilson sang an acoustic version of The Lumineers’ No. 1 hit song “Ho Hey.”

In the song, he focused on obeying the rules of the road (“I’ve been wearing my seat belt right/I don’t check my phone at lights”) and other issues teen may face (“I always stay away from drugs/You’ll never catch me driving drunk”).

Wilson’s song may not have been a No. 1 hit, but it had some people swaying and bobbing their heads to its soothing sounds.

“It’s very catchy,” Robertson told Wilson when she and others presented him with his prize at school on Friday, Nov. 2.

“But what’s it called?” someone asked.

“I never really thought of that,” Wilson said with a laugh. “I’ll probably come up with a name for it later.”

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