Midland woman wins safe driving contest

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 05:37 PM

Brandy Mills, a Midland resident who works in Indian Trail, recently won the Crumley Roberts Safe Driving Billboard Contest, which was open to North Carolina residents. 

"I have always had a knack for marketing, advertising (and public relations) kind of stuff," Mills said. "Ultimately, I'd like to work for an ad agency." 

Designs were uploaded on the firm's Facebook page. They were then judged by a team of local graphic designers and creative professionals, who chose six finalists. The winner was chosen by fans on the Crumley Roberts Facebook page. 

Mills, 23, was thrilled to be chosen. 

"I was really excited and extremely grateful," Mills said. "I was so excited. It's not every day that, even as an adult, you win things." 

"It's a really good achievement for me to be a young professional," Mills said. 

The design took her between two and three hours to create. 

"Usually, once I get going on something it doesn't take me too long," Mills said. 

She tried to keep her design simple and straightforward. 

"Obviously, if you're driving, I don't want you to focus on my billboard," Mills said. 

She hoped the message would remind people to be safe drivers. 

“We are very impressed and extremely proud of all of the safe driving entries we received over the course of the contest,” Chris Roberts, Crumley Roberts’ president, said in a statement. “We see firsthand the effects of distracted driving, and we wanted to use this contest to connect with the community and utilize social media to promote awareness for safe driving. We are very happy with the way it turned out.”

Mills saw her billboard displayed in Midland recently. 

"It's nice to see something in living color, is what I told my mom," she said. 

She plans to take a photo of herself in front of the billboard in the future. 

"It's a reality check that maybe my dream of working in advertising is a possibility," Mills said. 

The design is displayed on a billboard in Midland and several in the Triad area.