Honda Introduces “The DT” (The Designated Texter) to Advocate Driver Safety during Distracted Driving Month

April 18th, 2017 by

Through a fun and lively parody video coupled with gifs and memes, Honda is introducing “The DT” (The Designated Texter) to discourage drivers from distracted driving. The DT social media campaign is aimed at reminding drivers about the importance of not texting while driving and the general danger of distraction on the road, coinciding with the Distracted Driving Month of April.

Honda’s latest driver safety awareness campaign takes a unique and entertaining approach to highlight the importance of practicing safe driving habits in the form of a parody rap music video. The campaign features two 60-second and one 30-second version of the spot starring “The DT,” the person a driver trusts with his or her phone while behind the wheel. The video will be accompanied by a variety of gifs and memes.

The lyrically savvy, comedic “banger” of a video takes inspiration from classic and parody rap videos, bringing the concept of “The DT” to life. Taking a cue from pop culture, Honda coined the term “DT,” hoping it will encourage sharing amongst the target audience. The campaign explains the benefits of how a Designated Texter enables safer driving and requires “Mad Responsibilty” when getting behind the wheel.  In addition, “The DT” can be helpful with other potential driver distractions, such as taking photos while the vehicle is in motion.

“The DT” social campaign will be shared and promoted starting today on Honda’s social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:

“Honda believes it’s critically important we continue to educate consumers about safer driving habits, especially with so many young drivers with cell phones behind the wheel,” said Ernie Kelsey, senior manager of regional, social and experiential marketing at Honda. “Distracted driving is a serious issue, but we hope with this “DT” campaign we’ll get the attention of young drivers to address one portion of the issue…and make it cooler to hand over your phone to your passenger than to attempt to text or take photos themselves.”

The videos will run through the month of April and can be viewed at

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