California students' talent takes them to top in GEICO's Distracted Driving T-shirt Design Contest

SAN DIEGO, APRIL 1, 2014 – It was clear that California is bubbling over with creative talent when GEICO announced the winners of its Distracted Driving T-shirt Design Contest.

California winners included:

  • Donghyeon Lee, grand-prize winner for his creative images of distractions.
  • Paul Shin, finalist in the elementary school category for his "No texting in the car" design.
  • Eunice Oh, finalist in the middle school category for her "Proud to be distraction free" design.
  • Christopher Dianas, finalist in the high school category for his "Distracted is not law abiding" design.

Winning designs earned a spot on national GEICO websites and cash awards. Websites featuring the winning T-shirt designs can be viewed at GEICO's Safety Contest and at

"GEICO congratulates these students who did a tremendous job in bringing attention to distracted driving in such a creative way. I love seeing such talent at work," said Tony Nicely, GEICO's chairman and CEO. "All of our participants helped spread the powerful message about the dangers of distracted driving, and I want to thank everyone for entering the contest."

GEICO invited students (ages 6-18) to submit a hand-drawn or computer-generated
T-shirt design that depicts how to prevent distracted driving. Students were asked to showcase any or all forms of distractions such as texting and talking on the phone, eating, grooming, and adjusting the radio or GPS navigations while driving.

Serving as judges for this year's competition were Laurel Sims of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Alexandra Holiday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Carolyn Tran, lead application analyst with GEICO's mobile team; and Karen Violette, senior graphic designer with GEICO.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

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