Contest Rules


North Dakota middle or high school students age 14-19 years of age (as of February 1, 2012) and enrolled in a North Dakota school.
Students must create and produce the TV or billboard spot on their own, without creative/production/technical assistance from adults or professionals.
May submit only one entry per TV PSA or billboard as an individual or a group of no more than 5 students.
Video or Billboard ads must not combine the topics promoting traffic safety (i.e. seatbelt use and distracted driving). Choose one topic.
Submit Video as a full-quality/full-frame and put on DVD. Save Video spots as an .mpeg or .mov file for email submission in case the DVD does not function. Video submissions are preferred in high definition if possible.
Submit Billboard as a .jpeg or .pdf and put on a CD.
Student or group names should appear directly on the surface of the DVD or CD when submitted.
Video longer than 30-seconds or containing inappropriate language will be disqualified.
Artwork MUST be original: stickers, stencils, computer generated art, etc may be used to create the original work. Any artwork purchased or downloaded from a website or software program used in the overall design gathered from an outside source must be credited to the outside source.
Any materials such as print, recorded music, photographic, or electronic materials must be original works. Materials can not violate trademarks, copyrights, and /or rights of privacy or publicity; applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations must be complied with; and rights of the materials have not been previously given to other people, organizations, or businesses. If artwork is purchased, list source where it was purchased. If entries contain copyrighted, branded, and/or trademarked materials without proper written permission, they will be disqualified.
The TV PSA DVD or Billboard CD must be postmarked or at NDDOT office by deadline or it will be disqualified.

Awards (distributed by May 9, 2012)


First place,
The winning spot will receive $750.00 and be placed on Carmike Movie Theatre Screens for one year starting Oct 1, 2012 and will be placed on TV for approximately one week.

Second place will receive $300.00.
Third place will receive $200.00.


First place,
The winning billboard will receive $750.00 and be placed on billboards across the state for one week.

Second place will receive $300.00.
Third place will receive $200.00.


Video and Billboard campaigns will be judged by state traffic safety officials, advertising professionals and the public. Spots will be judged based on the ability to creatively, originally and successfully communicate and promote the importance of traffic safety. The top 10 spots will be featured online at for a public online vote.

50% - Persuasive, creativity, informational, accuracy of information
25% - Script, coherence, visual design
25% - Public votes for the Videos and Billboards

Entry Form

Download the Video or Billboard Campaign entry form at

Important Safety Notice:

Safety during the project should be the highest priority. For any shots of drivers/passengers riding in a moving vehicle, all traffic laws must be adhered to and all drivers and passengers must be buckled up.

NDDOT takes no responsibility and assume no liability for any omissions, acts or damages that may result from the preparing of materials to submit to this contest. NDDOT stress that teen producers should safely conduct their projects and avoid potentially dangerous production situations that put crew, actors or the public at risk. To assure the safety of the participants, adult supervision is strongly encouraged.

Additional Contest Rules

The contest committee and/or the NDDOT is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail; printing errors, server unavailability; or computer or any other electronic or telecommunications malfunctions.
All entries received that are mutilated, tampered with, illegible, or from ineligible entrants will be void. All entries for the ND Teen Traffic Safety Contest will become and remain the property of the NDDOT and will not be returned.
The NDDOT is not liable for any lost or stolen entries, prizes or contest information.
By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decision of contest committee. The contest committee reserves the right to disqualify any participant or winner and may refuse to award any prize to a person who is ineligible or has violated any rule, gained unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means. The contest committee will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, conflicting claims or ambiguities concerning the rules or the contest and contest committee decisions concerning such disputes shall be final. If the conduct or outcome of the contest is affected by human error, any mechanical, technical, electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, intentional interference or any event beyond the control of the contest committee, the contest committee reserves the right to terminate this contest, or make such other decisions regarding the outcome as the contest committee deem appropriate. All decisions will be made by the contest committee and are final. The contest committee may waive any of these rules using their sole discretion.
The contest committee reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

Any questions about the contest can be emailed to with "Teen Contest" written in the subject line of the email.