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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the winners of the Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest.  More than 30 videos from high schools across the Commonwealth were submitted to this year’s contest and six semifinalist videos were shown last week during the 2020 Moving Together Conference.

The video contest, which was open to all Massachusetts’ high school students, featured a freshman/sophomore category and junior/senior category. Per contest guidelines, students were asked to write and produce a 30-60 second video that focuses on one or several of the guidelines of the “Hands-Free” Law.

On February 23, 2020, the “Hands-Free” law was enacted throughout the Commonwealth, (https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hands-free-law ). This law seeks to help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving as a result of electronic device usage. Operators of motor vehicles are prohibited from using any electronic devices, including mobile telephones, unless the devices are set to hands-free mode. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use any electronic devices, including use in hands-free mode.

In the freshman/sophomore category, Bella Rousseau and Matilda Neuffer from Newton North High School received an honorable mention, and in the junior/senior category, Ronan Jeanotte and Kyle Monahan from Maynard High School received the honorable mention. The runner-up in the freshman/sophomore category, from Maynard High School, was Evelynn Hickey. The runners-up in the junior/senior category were Kyleigh Shelley and Cole Jackett from Nauset Regional High School. The grand prizes were given to Avi Spitz from Lexington High School and to Nicolas Hein, Austin Tocci, and Michael Gilbert from Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School for the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior categories respectively.

The videos can be viewed on the mass.gov site.

MassDOT’s 2020 Moving Together Conference was held virtually over three-days on Tuesday, November 17, Wednesday, November 18, and Thursday, November 19. The purpose of the conference was to share relevant transportation highlights that relate to current pedestrian, bicyclist, and public transportation topics.

The conference format included the following four main tracks that focus on key areas in transportation: 1) Safety; 2) Equity Measures; 3) Mobility in a New Normal; and 4) Project Development and Implementation. Each specific track offered topic-related sessions that feature knowledgeable moderators and panelists with expertise in these respective areas.

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