High school students win Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest: Elyria, Amherst, & Sheffield Village
An Elyria High School (EHS) student won first place in the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest this fall, hosted by State Farm® and the Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition (SCC) that is conducted through Lorain County Public Health (LCPH). Caden, from EHS, received a $500 gift card prize for his artwork titled “Your Last Notification,” which will be displayed on four billboards in Lorain County this winter. Caden’s teacher Carey Dargo received a $250 prize for classroom improvements.
“As students learn how to drive, it’s critical to adopt the habit of driving focused,” said Kat
Evers Solove, Health Education Specialist at LCPH and coordinator of SCC. “This billboard contest helped students make their peers aware of the potential consequences of driving distracted.”
Students from Lorain, Midview, and Wellington high schools also submitted artwork to the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest. Judges assessed the artwork based on creativity, originality, and how well the billboard communicated the importance to drive focused. Additionally, two entries tied for runner-up, “Texting and Driving” by Victoria and Shiann from Amherst, and Andrew from Sheffield Village for “Think… is it Really Worth a Life?”.
Any non-driving activity that happens in a vehicle increases the driver’s risk to be in a crash. Dangerous distractions include eating, reading, changing the music, putting on makeup, checking social media, texting, and making phone calls. Driving distracted can cause crashes that result in fines, legal fees, car insurance rate increases, medical costs, and repair bills. In Lorain County during 2018 there were 342 documented traffic crashes that involved a distracted driver. SCC works to prevent injuries and deaths on Lorain County roadways through initiatives like the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.
Tips to drive focused:
- Put your phone on do not disturb or silent mode before driving.
- Pull over to make calls or to text.
- If the driver gets distracted, speak up. Offer to send a text or navigate the GPS for the driver.
“Your Last Notification” by Caden from Elyria High School won first place in the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.