Don’t Be Distracted Contest Open to Elementary and Secondary Students
A Safe Kids study showed that 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 6 middle school students walk distracted. These distractions were most often texting or wearing headphones. Research also indicates that for teen drivers, a single glance off the road for two or more seconds increases the risk of a crash or near crash by almost four times. When students are distracted while walking or driving, they are putting themselves and others in danger. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is inviting all MCPS students help raise awareness of this critical issue by participating in the 2019 Don’t Be Distracted Contest.
Students are asked to create a 30-60 second public service announcement (PSA) video or artwork about one or both of the following topics:
- Tell your peers the importance of not walking or driving distracted.
- Tell adults the importance of not being distracted while driving, especially in school zones.
- Texting and driving
- Texting and walking
- Talking on the phone and not using a hands free device
- Eating and driving
- Putting on make up or shaving while driving
- Walking with headphones on
All entries are due Monday, March 4. For more information and to submit an entry, visit https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-PedSafety/SRTS/creative-contest.html.