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Bun B and the Mayor partner up again — and this time, there are winning videos

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It Can Wait Bellaire High School anti-texting video for Houston's Voice
Click on the arrow above to watch Bellaire High School's winning It Can Wait video. Photo courtesy of Houston Television

Mayor Annise Parker and Houston rap legend Bun B are sending big high-fives to one high school — but not while driving.

That’s the message in the Mayor’s Youth Council contest, It Can Wait. The campaign and accompanying video contest are geared toward communicating the dangers of texting while driving. Students from Bellaire High School won top honors for their video production, with the Memorial High School debate team and Kingwood High School taking second and third place, respectively.

George Chuang produced and edited the video for the Bellaire group.

“Our youth tend to think nothing can hurt them, that they are invincible,” Parker said in a statement. “That is why it was so important to me that they be involved in this campaign.
 
“It’s clear they took my charge to them very seriously. Their videos do an excellent job of depicting the dangers of texting and driving.”
 
Parker partnered with Bun B on a public service announcement to launch the campaign, which was backed by the Houston Dynamo, the Houston Rockets and the Houston Texans. It Can Wait's true aim is to reverse the statistics. Parker once noted at a press conference that 13 percent of the more than 3,000 traffic fatalities in Texas have been attributed to texting while driving.
 
To watch all three winning productions, click here.
 
Editor's note: Hidden Houston, an interactive multimedia series, aims to reveal the many things that are unique about the Bayou City and its surrounding areas.

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