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Award, ACT, April 15, 2015The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was recognized this week with an Excellence in Transportation Demand Management Award at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) Regional Patriot Chapter Conference in Newport, Rhode Island. MassDOT was presented with an award for their Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest which debuted last year as part of an initiative to make our roadways safer and reduce bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

Safe Streets Smart Trips encouraged all Massachusetts high school students to create a one minute video that showcased safe roadway behavior across all modes of transportation alongside the promotion of healthy and active transportation benefits. The contest began as an initiative of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan which details information regarding a downward trend in traffic fatalities and injuries within the Commonwealth in recent years, with the exception of bicycle and pedestrian accidents. The Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest is administered by the MassRIDES Program on behalf of MassDOT.

The contest yielded close to 50 video entries. Four winners were recognized during MassDOT’s annual healthy and active transportation conference, Moving Together with the first place winner receiving an iPad, $300 cash prize, and a sponsor prize packet.

A second contest is slated to kickoff this month.

For more information on the Safe Streets Smart Trips Statewide High School Video Contest, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/roadwaysafetyvideo

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