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Sheriff's office asking for help with safety campaign
Twitter contest open until Friday afternoon
Sheriff's office Twitter campaign
Photo Illustration - photo by Jim Dean

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office enlisted some big-name help in their current distracted driving campaign, and they're asking residents to help share the message.   In addition to providing distracted driving education, the video is part of a contest that could bring thousands of dollars to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home.  

When the Georgia Sheriff's Association asked the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office to create a PSA on distracted driving, the sheriff's office pulled out all the stops.  Deputies travelled to North Carolina to visit Dale Earnhardt Junior and shoot the video, which is hosted on the sheriff's office Twitter feed, and can be viewed here.  "We wanted something that people would want to share...we were able to contact Dale Earnhardt Junior, and he was gracious enough to help us with our video" said Sheriff Ron Freeman.  "It's NASCAR in the south, so we knew this would be something that would work" he explained.  

The contest ends Friday, September 22nd at 5pm.  At that time, the number of retweets that the entries have will be counted, and the winning entry will see $15,000 donated to their organization.  "It's important to remember that Facebook likes and shares don't count.  The only thing that counts as a vote is actually retweeting our original Tweet" Freeman said.  

"It's a win all the way around," said Freeman, "We educate the public on distracted driving, we make people aware of an ongoing campaign we were already doing, and we have an opportunity to raise some money for Georgia Sheriff's Youth Home.....and we get to meet Dale Jr."

The original Tweet is located HERE, where it can be retweeted by anyone with a Twitter account