2nd Annual Virginia Teen Driver Safety PSA Contest

Sponsored by: State Farm®

About the Contest

The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation (The Foundation) is hosting its 2nd Annual Virginia teen driver safety video contest funded by State FarmR. Virginia high school students are invited to submit a 30-60 second public service announcement (PSA) encouraging teens to respect other drivers and focus on safe driving behavior, which includes no distractions, no drinking and no speeding while they are behind the wheel.

Children and young adults are the most frequent victims of fatal car crashes. In fact, roadway crashes are th e leading cause of death for people age 5-24. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens. The reason for these staggering statistics is that many teen drivers don't wear seat belts, sometimes drive drunk, are more likely to text message and pursue other behaviors that reduce safe driving practices.

The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation's mission is to promote education and public awareness of roadway safety through public safety programs and charitable giving. The purpose of the Virginia Teen Driver Safety PSA Contest is to provide a real-world learning tool for young Virginians who are about to get their driver's license and for those who have already obtained a valid driver's license in the State. By preparing a PSA, students will learn to develop a message using a video camera to show what they know about safe driving and how to encourage other teens to drive safely.
Videos should reflect safe driving practices - key actions teen drivers and passengers can take to promote safe driving behaviors. Topic ideas, concepts and themes:

  • Unplugging from visual, manual, and cognitive distracted driving(including cell phones)
  • driving posted speed limits,
  • using seat belts
  • sober driving
  • and work zone awareness or proper driving within a work zone.

Production teams should consist of no more than three (3) students. Each school should submit their top three videos. Submissions will be judged using the following criteria: presentation, message, and creativity. Prizes will be awarded to the overall top three submissions. Winning teams will receive cash prizes - 1st place team wins $1,000, 2nd place team wins $750 and 3rd place team wins $500, with a $500 prize awarded to each winning teams' school.

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2014 Winning Videos

Winning Students: Julia Harris and Emily Bennett

Winning Students: Daniel Forjan, Asanté Quintana, Andrew McKinney

Winning Student: Taylor Turner

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  • Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406-1022
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