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Finalists Chosen for State License Plate Contest

Public Voting Began February 20

Traffic jam by Oran Viriyincy
Photo copyright Oran Viriyincy

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 23, 2018) – Judges from across the Commonwealth have selected the top eight license plate design concepts moving forward in the DMV (Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles), Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest.

“Nearly 200 students submitted designs, and there were some wonderful and creative concepts,” says DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “But in the end, these eight designs rose to the top in each district. However, even more important than the designs is the awareness this contest is creating about the issue of distracted driving. The public is taking an active role in battling this issue.”Each of the eight district finalists will receive $300 courtesy of AAA, sponsor of the Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Contest.

“We are honored by the magnificent artwork in the license plate designs from so many talented individuals in our area,” said Dr. Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “AAA Tidewater is proud to partner with DMV for this effort to bring distracted driving issues to the forefront.”

DMV has taken the eight design concepts and modified them for use on a Virginia license plate. The public will choose the design it thinks best depicts an anti-distracted driving message through an online vote. Public voting began February 20, 2018 and will run through March 20, 2018.

For more information on the Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest – including how to vote and resources on distracted driving, visit


District Finalists




License Design


Lydia Sluss, Virginia High School,  Bristol

Fairfax North

Stephanie Schmidt, Briar Woods High School, Ashburn

Fairfax South

Matthew Houser, North Stafford High School, Stafford


Abigail Polansky, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg


Mason Dodzik, Cape Henry Collegiate School, Virginia Beach


Nick Short, Lloyd C. Bird High School, Chesterfield


Kaya Windpainter, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg


Destinee Glover, Nelson County High School, Lovingston

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