High school students' videos encourage peers to put the phone down while driving


Student voices are critical when it comes to encouraging teens to drive safely and refrain from texting and other distractions. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission launched its #W82TXT Video Contest earlier this year.
Congratulations to the winners of the video contest:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Samuel Richardson of Loveland High School, Loveland;
  • Runner-up: Kate Barnhart of St. Ursula Academy, Toledo;
  • Second Runner-up: Olivia McConnell of LaBrae High School, Leavittsburg.
Click here to watch each of the award-winning videos, which raised awareness and influenced teens to make safe choices while behind the wheel.
The video contest corresponded with what’s become known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” which are the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found new teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash during this period. The commission will hold a second contest in 2019.