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2015 Safe Streets. Smart Trips High School Video Contest winners

2015 Safe Streets. Smart Trips High School Video Contest winners

MassDOT has announced the third annual statewide Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.

The contest began two years ago 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 Safe Street Smart Trips contest is an excellent way to encourage high school students to help us educate the public about bike safety, pedestrian safety, and vehicle safety, “said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “It’s imperative for individuals to recognize that whatever transportation mode they choose to take, they are responsible for the safety of everyone on the road, as well as for the safety of themselves as they travel.”

The video contest is open to all Massachusetts high school students and features three entry categories – pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver. Students are asked to submit a one minute video from the point of view of a chosen mode and show how they can reduce incidents of roadway crashes and fatalities. Students are encouraged to submit videos for multiple transportation modes.

Contest guidelines are being sent to high schools.

In October, a grand prize winner and runner-ups will be chosen for each category by a MassDOT panel. Winning videos will then be screened at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, “Moving Together”, during which the student winners will be presented with their prizes. This year’s prizes include a computer tablet, $300 cash prize, and a sponsor prize pack.

“Understanding roadway safety across all modes of travel is of the utmost importance in order to decrease injuries on our streets,” said Massachusetts Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “High school students are at an age when they are beginning to recognize that the choices they make can impact others. This contest aims to show them that by demonstrating safe roadway habits, they can affect the lives of those in their community and across the Commonwealth.”

The Safe Street Smart Trips video contest is designed to make travelers aware of how their roadway behaviors impact others, and how to exercise care and caution with respect to other travelers. The contest will also draw upon healthy and active transportation benefits.

Visit the Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest website to learn more or contact Becca Cyr at Rebecca.Cyr@dot.state.ma.us or 857-368-8657.

Visit the 2016 Moving Together healthy transportation conference website to learn more about the conference.

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