High school students win Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest: Firelands and Avon Lake High School
A Firelands High School (FHS) student won first place in the 2021 Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest, hosted by State Farm® and the Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition (SCC) that is conducted through Lorain County Public Health (LCPH). Amanda, from FHS, received a $500 gift card prize for her first-place artwork titled “Don’t Tempt Fate,” which will be displayed on four billboards in Lorain County this winter. Amanda’s teacher Laura Tawil received a $250 gift card prize for classroom improvements. Alyssa from Avon Lake High School was the runner-up and received a $250 gift card prize for “What Are You Risking?”
“As students learn how to drive, it’s critical to adopt the habit of driving focused,” said Dave Covell, MPH, RS, Health Commissioner at LCPH. “This billboard contest gives students a platform to highlight the dangers of distracted driving."
Seventy-three entries were submitted in the 2021 Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest. Submissions came from students at: Avon High School, Avon Lake High School, Firelands High School, Lorain County JVS, Marion L. Steele High School, Lorain High School and Wellington High School. Contest entries were assessed on creativity, originality, and how well the billboard communicated the importance to drive focused.
In Lorain County there were 266 documented traffic crashes that involved a distracted driver in 2020. SCC works to prevent injuries and deaths on Lorain County roadways through initiatives like the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.
Any non-driving activity that happens in a vehicle increases the driver’s risk of being 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.
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.
“Don’t Tempt Fate” by Amanda from Firelands High School. First place in the 2021 Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.
“What Are You Risking?” by Alyssa from Avon Lake High School. Runner-up in the 2021 Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.