Deadline extended: CDOT invites high school students to submit distracted driving PSA for a chance to win $5,000

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April 10, 2023 - Statewide News - New deadline extended to April 17

Haga clic aquí para ver este comunicado de prensa Se amplía el plazo de inscripción: CDOT invita a los estudiantes de secundaria a participar en el concurso de crear video sobre manejar con distracciones y tener la oportunidad de ganar $5,000 en español.

Statewide — The Colorado Department of Transportation has extended the deadline for its distracted driving video contest. The contest invites Colorado high school students to create an anti-distracted driving public service announcement (PSA) for the chance to win up to $5,000. The contest is part of a grant CDOT received from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and General Motors to decrease distracted driving-related fatalities and injuries.

All high school students residing in Colorado are eligible to enter the contest. Submissions will be accepted through April 17, 2023, through CDOT’s distracted driving website. The video concepts and production style are entirely up to the students and can be either live action or animated. All videos should be 30-90 seconds and reflect what the students think will convince Coloradans to stop driving distracted. Students can work individually or in groups.

In 2022, there were 103 deadly crashes involving teenagers, a 37% increase from 75 in 2019. Distracted driving behaviors remain prevalent among younger Coloradans, with 62% of drivers aged 35 and younger having reported sending a message on their phone over the last seven days of driving.

How do you combat distracted driving? Submit your short PSA telling us how you prevent driving distracted for a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes!
How do you combat distracted driving? Submit your short PSA telling us how you prevent driving distracted for a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes!

“We hope students take advantage of this opportunity and understand the severity of distracted driving,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Highway Safety Office. “As teens grow up and get into the driver’s seat, it is so important to practice safe driving habits. That means dropping all distractions when behind the wheel and paying attention to the road.”

CDOT will announce the contest winners in May. Students will compete for $5,000 in prizes and the winning PSA will be featured as part of CDOT’s distracted driving educational campaign. Students are encouraged to get imaginative using interviews, music, art, animation and other creative resources to convey their message. For safety purposes, no portion of the video can include footage taken inside a moving vehicle.

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