AAA Northeast Calls Students to Get Creative for the 2015 Traffic Safety Message Contest
Jan 16, 2015 08:00AM
By Kieran Gilman
For more than 95 years, AAA has educated young people about safety in and around traffic. Through the annual AAA Traffic Safety Message Contest, running until April 3, 2015, students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to demonstrate proper skills and behavior in pedestrian, bike and vehicle safety with the creation of a video or poster.
The goal of AAA’s Traffic Safety Message Contest is peer to peer education. The Club hopes students will reflect on their own behavior regarding safety while engaging the public. “Proper use of car seats, booster seats, seatbelts, helmets and the mindfulness of proper pedestrian safety skills save lives and prevent injuries,” said Diana Imondi Dias, AAA Northeast’s Traffic Safety Education Specialist. “The young people in our communities are so creative and innovative in their artwork and in creating videos. We look forward to reviewing the slogans and designs and hope the artists enjoy the creative process as much our members enjoy judging this contest. ” The winning posters will be showcased in a 2016 calendar and videos will be displayed on AAA.com and used in AAA’s traffic safety education programs.
Traffic safety topics vary by grade level and include seatbelt and booster seat use, school bus and bike safety, and distracted and impaired driving awareness. The official contest rules and grade-level topics are available at www.AAA.com/safetymatters. The work of one grand prize winner will be chosen to receive $1,000 and three runners-up from each state in AAA Southern New England’s territory (Massachusetts/Salem, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut) will receive $300, $200 and $100 prizes respectively. Honorable mentions at each grade level in each state will receive $50.
Entries may be submitted now through April 3, 2015 via www.AAA.com/safetymatters or mailed to:
AAA Northeast, 110 Royal Little Dr., Providence, R.I. 02904, Attention: Public Affairs.
The videos and artwork of finalists will be displayed on the www.AAA.com/safetymatters website. AAA members and website visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in each grade level from May 4 – May 11, 2015 through the website. The winning entries will be announced on May 15th.
Throughout the year, AAA offers free traffic safety outreach programs, often coordinated in partnership with local police departments, schools and community centers; to help spread the word to young people about safe and unsafe practices both on the road and behind the wheel. To learn more about scheduling a AAA traffic safety program for your organization, visit AAA.com/Community.
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