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Derby’s Lane Burkholder – Contest Winner Presented By Kansas Turnpike Authority

By Matt Browning

Lane Burkholder of Derby created the video “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” for the KTA Teen Video contest. The video finished third in the competition.

“My inspiration for my entry was to show the importance of paying attention on the road because so many accidents today are caused by distracted driving,” Burkholder said. “I tried to convey my message by building suspense up until the point when the distracted driving caused the problem.”

Burkholder leaned on his dad for insight and guidance for the project, hoping to convey a specific message.

“I started off by planning the video with my dad,” Burkholder said. “We thought through what message we wanted to show and also what camera angles we wanted to convey the message visually because there’s not a whole lot of dialogue in it. Then after we shot it, when I was editing I thought through what camera angles I wanted to show and at what time because a lot of the editing was building the suspense.”

The desire was to place higher than third, but overall Burkholder was pleased with how people viewed his entry.

“I was pretty happy about placing third,” Burkholder said. “Obviously, it would’ve been nice to place higher but at the end of the day the reason I did it was to promote safety and it also gave me something fun to do with my dad.”

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