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Safe Streets Smart Trips FlyerCalling all Massachusetts High School Students!

With the start of the school year in full swing, MassDOT is looking for high school students to participate in their Safe Streets Smart Trips PSA video contest. The Safe Streets Smart Trips video contest is a perfect opportunity for students to showcase their creativity, while educating their communities on how to eliminate dangerous travel behaviors.

Participants are asked to write and produce up to three one minute videos (one per transportation mode) to showcase what YOU are doing to keep to our streets safe  in order to see a world where there are no pedestrian or bicycle injuries or fatalities. For example, if you are a pedestrian, what are you doing to make sure that you keep bicyclists, drivers, and yourself safe as you move about the roadways?

The deadline for entries is Friday, September 23, 2016, at 5 PM and is open to all Massachusetts High School students.  A grand prize winner, runner-up winner, and an honorable mention will be chosen for each category. The categories include: drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each group may submit up to three videos (one per each category). The top three winning videos will then be premiered at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together. This year’s prizes include a tablet computer, $300 cash prize, and a prize pack. In addition to these prizes, the winners will be invited to attend the luncheon portion at the Moving Together Conference on Thursday, September 29th to receive their awards.

The contest originated two years ago, as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to encourage high school students to take the lead in showcasing an understanding of roadway safety across travel modes in an effort to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities—a trend that has not followed the Commonwealth’s downward shift in traffic-related incidents over the past few years. The contest will also draw on the benefits of healthy and active transportation options. Last year, MassDOT received nearly 90 videos from communities across the Commonwealth, so we’re hoping for another successful contest this year!

You can view last year’s entries on MassDOT YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/youmovemass

If you know a high school student who would be interested in this contest or would like to learn more information, please visit our website. You can also contact Keith Doty at Keith.Doty@dot.state.ma.us or at 857-368-8641 for any additional questions.

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