Dylan Malburg: Just Drive
Ad Council: Why did you decide to enter the Project Yellow Light competition this year?
Dylan Malburg: I stumbled upon Project Yellow Light this year on the internet and it sparked my interest. I knew it was a competition I would enjoy entering, but it also has a strong purpose and foundation beneath it that I agree with – and the message to stop distracted driving is one that needs to be spread.
AC: Can you explain how you came up with your idea for “Just Drive,” and what creating the video was like?
DM: “Just Drive” came about from an idea a friend had suggested to me a couple of years ago, about using repeating audio clips of everyday sounds to build a “song.” When I saw an opportunity to make a video about texting and driving, I thought that it would work well to combine with the looping audio clips, and the base for “Just Drive” was created.
AC: As a high school student, do you know people who text while they drive?
DM: Unfortunately, yes – far too many people have no trouble using their phones while driving. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed, which is why Project Yellow Light is so great.
AC: What are your plans after high school?
DM: Having just recently graduated, I’m now preparing my journey to New York University in the fall to study Film & TV.
AC: If you could say one thing to your peers about texting and driving, what would it be?
DM: Don’t. It’s that simple. Just don’t do it. It can wait – and if you really think it can’t, then pull over. It’s not just your life that you’re putting at risk by texting and driving.