February 25, 2013
Educating teens about the dangers they will face when driving is a top priority among officials and citizens alike in Connecticut. This was made clear by the participation this year's Department of Motor Vehicles Safe Teen Driving video contest received.
A story from the Oxford Patch explained how roughly 500 students created more than 125 short, 25-second public service announcement commercials highlighting dangers teens face behind the wheel, like drunk and distracted driving. Then, state officials, including Attorney General Jepson and Governor Malloy, selected the five best videos as the winners of the contest. These top five winners will receive prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The aim of the contest is to reduce the number of Connecticut car accidents that involve teen drivers, as these collisions are the number one cause of death among that particular age demographic.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers announced they would be sponsoring a similar contest in the coming months. As part of the 8th Annual "Arrive Alive" Scholarship Program, participants will be asked to create a presentation about the risks teen drivers are faced with on today's roads. Past winners have created videos, poems, songs, and graphic designs to depict their messages.
Each of the ten winners of the three separate categories will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a four-year college or university the following fall. Anyone who is interested in participating should hurry though, as all entries must be submitted before March 25, 2013.