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SafeStreetsSmartTripsMassDOT is announcing the 2019 winners of the Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest.  Winning videos were shown today at the annual Moving Together Conference in Boston and focused on the dangers associated with distracted walking, bicycling, and driving.

The videos are one tool which will be used in MassDOT’s “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” public education effort, emphasizing that everyone who is traveling on a roadway corridor should pay attention to safety rules and “best practices.”

“Safety issues need to be publicized and underscored and these videos are a helpful tools, reminding everyone that paying attention and obeying the rules of the road matters, whether behind the wheel, on a bicycle or walking,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We appreciate the efforts of all the students who spent time on the contest entries – taking the lead, talking to their peers and coming up with messages emphasizing that safe behavior is everyone’s responsibility.”

Newton North High School received the grand prize in the freshman/sophomore category and Northbridge High School received the grand prize in the junior/senior category.  Runner-up awards went to groups of students from Dartmouth High School and Boston Latin Academy. Additionally, honorable mentions were presented at today’s conference to groups of students from Newton North High School and Andover High School.

This is the sixth year of the Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest. The contest originally began as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to showcase the importance of safe walking, bicycling and driving behaviors, with the goal of reducing pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes within Massachusetts. This year’s contest garnered 79 unique videos from nearly 20 public high schools highlighting the message: “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”

Prizes were donated by engineering consultant AECOM for first and second place winners. Sponsors donating items for prize packs included AFFOA Looks, Boston Harbor Cruises, Central Rock Gym, Charles River Boat Company, J.P. Licks, Landry’s Bicycles, Launch Trampoline Park, Monte Christo’s, The League of American Bicyclists, New England Authentic Eats LLC (Papa Gino’s), Top of the Hub, UMass/Amherst, Urban AdvenTours, Wachusett Mountain, and Water Wizz Waterpark.

Learn more information about the Safe Streets Smart Trips contest  or contact Cassandra Bligh at Cassandra.Bligh@dot.state.ma.us. Winning videos will be posted in the next several weeks on the MassDOT YouTube channel.

Learn more information about the “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” campaign.

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