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#802phonesdown!headsup! PSA video contest

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PSA Video Contest for Vermont High School students on the dangers of distracted driving. Sponsored by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance

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The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance is proud to announce an award contest for Vermont high school students designed to change driving habits.

We all know texting distracts us, and that use of a handheld device while driving is dangerous. Despite this we see people on the roads texting and driving every day. As an applicant you have one clear mission: Create a PSA using your smart phone (or other video recorder) to encourage young drivers, friends, and peers, to avoid distracted driving, specifically texting while driving. Over time we can enact change and spread the message that texting and driving is unacceptable. Too many lives have been lost due to distracted drivers. We are asking you to help change this behavior.

The mission of the contest: Create a 25 second Video Public Service Announcement

Phase One: Jan 15 to April 15, 2020: Review the 'Rules and Guidelines' on the VHSA Website. Create a video public service announcement (PSA), exactly 25 seconds in length. Post it to YouTube. Register using the Eventbrite Registration Form and paste the link to your YouTube video in the form on Eventbrite. Up to twelve (12) finalists will be selected from these entries and asked to participate in Phase Two.

Phase Two: April 15th to April 29th 2020: Finalists, once notified, will receive instructions on promoting their video on social media outlets. Winners will be judged on both the quality of the video, and the number of people reached organically using social media. There will be a special award for a “People’s Choice” category.

For the video, use your creativity and express your opinion on the issue of distracted driving. You can video yourself, a group of people, make a cartoon, or compose a graphic. We encourage you to capture the attention of your peers with a clear message and persuade them to adopt safe driving habits. We do require that the PSA is in good taste, and that you do not film yourself or anyone else actually texting while driving. Abide by all state laws.

For more information: https://vermonthighwaysafety.org/psa-video-contest/

Video Contest Prize amounts:

1ST Prize: $750

2ND Prize: $500 - Sponsored by AAA New England and Yankee Driving School

3RD Prize: $250 - Sponsored by MIDSTATE Dodge

People’s Choice Award – $500 Sponsored by the Youth Safety Council of Vermont

The winning PSA's will be distributed in Vermont to media outlets and social media sites by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance after the winners are notified.

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