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MassDOT today recognized the work of high school students across the Commonwealth through the Safe Streets Smart Trips statewide high school video contest at MassDOT’s annual Moving Together Conference. Videos were shown during the luncheon portion of the conference, with the winners called to stage to accept their awards from MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.  The winning videos highlighted the accountability that students can take to keep themselves and others safe while driving, walking, or bicycling.

“MassDOT has always put top priority on safe and healthy transportation in all that we do, but in order to keep our roadways safe, each user needs to be accountable for their travel behaviors,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These videos are a great resource for students to be able to speak to their peers, and educate them on how to be safe while out on the roads.”

Millis High School students honored

Millis High School students honored

Submissions from the Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford, Westford Academy in Westford, and Gateway Regional High School in Huntington were awarded the grand prize for the pedestrian, bicycling, and driving categories, respectively. Runner up awards went to a group of students from Westford Academy and two groups of students were awarded from Millis High School. Additionally, honorable mentions were given to two groups of students from Haverhill High School and a group of students from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

“Every year that we’ve held this video contest, I’ve been very impressed with these students’ understanding of the safety issues everyone faces when on the road, and this year is no different,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin. “It is very gratifying to be able to recognize these students for their work in helping to make our communities safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.”

This is the third year for the Safe Streets Smart Trips video contest, which continues to grow in popularity. The contest originally began as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to showcase the importance of safe walking, biking, and driving behaviors, while highlighting healthy and active methods of travel, with the goal of reducing pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes within Massachusetts. Traffic fatalities and injuries in Massachusetts have declined over the past few years however, pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes have not followed this trend. This year’s contest asked students to put themselves in the place of a pedestrian, bicyclist, or driver, and demonstrate their own accountability through actions that they can take to make the roadways safer for everyone.

For more information about the Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest visit www.Mass.gov/MassDOT/RoadwaySafetyVideo or contact Rebecca Cyr at Rebecca.Cyr@dot.state.ma.us or 857-368-8657.

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