Topics & Ideas

Background Information

Traffic Crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. In 2010, there were 30,970 teenage drivers age 14-19. On average, teen drivers were involved in 9 crashes per day.

Your Job

Create and produce a 30-second Video or create a billboard.

Complete and submit your signed entry form along with your video or billboard entry to North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) office in Bismarck by April 4, 2012.

Topics and Ideas

Get a different perspective. Interview a police officer, crash victim, or a friend to get a personal take on the topic. Use different perspectives to present your message. Discuss the repercussions of your chosen topic, give the cold hard facts and then put things into perspective.

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving - can be anything that takes your mind off your driving and increases the risk of having a car crash. There are many driving distractions including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, reading, passengers, reaching for the radio, etc - all while you are driving.

Underage Drinking and Driving

Underage Drinking and Driving - drinking under the age of 21 is against the law. Drinking while driving significantly reduces your judgment, concentration, motor skills and your reaction time.

Seatbelt Use

Seatbelt Use - seatbelts save lives. Did you know in a 30 mile per hour crash, an unbelted 160 pound person can strike another passenger, get ejected through the window, or slam into the car's interior with up to 4,800 pounds of force? There is no way you can brace yourself against that much force. Explain the significance of buckling up, every trip, every time.