NHTSA, safety partners encourage young filmmakers to send a safety message; deadline for PSA competition approaching

Spring is coming, and in addition to flowers popping up in the garden, it also means better weather for teens to –you guessed it– film their own safe driving Public Service Announcement (PSA).

That’s right; last September, at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, we announced a a new video challenge
that invites teens and young adults to produce a PSA encouraging their peers to avoid distracted

In the paddock
Star Mazda Series driver Zach Veach talks safety with Dep. Sec. John Porcari, NHTSA Admin. David Strickland at last year’s contest announcement in Baltimore.

The two winning PSAs (one for college students, one for high schoolers)
will be announced during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month in May. In addition to earning their creators a scholarship, the winning PSAs will air on
television stations nationwide. Other top finishers will win the opportunity to attend a one-day survival skills class at the Skip Barber Racing School.

The deadline to submit videos is April 1, 2013.

Now, that date is fast approaching, so I’m taking to the blog to give young Americans one more reminder that there’s still time to get out there and–safely–shoot their PSAs. If you know any young filmmakers or safety advocates, please encourage them to visit http://projectyellowlight.com/ for details.

This contest is a joint effort from DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and our terrific safety partners at Mazda Motorsports, Project Yellow Light, the Ad Council and the National Organizations for Youth Safety.

Watch as highly trained race drivers fail to drive safely in a simulator while distracted

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