2009-03-05 / Local & State

Deadline Extended For Safe Driving Contest

High school students can submit entries through March 13

High school students now have until March 13 to submit entries in the Department of Transportation's "Drive Safe PA" radio contest. The extension is due to inclement weather that caused cancellations in many school districts this winter.

Through the "Drive Safe PA" radio contest, high school students have the opportunity to remind drivers about the importance of highway safety through a 30-second radio public service announcement, or PSA.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to create a PSA focused on aggressive driving, buckling up or driving under the influence. The PSA must include the phrase "Drive Safe PA," which PennDOT is introducing as part of its continued commitment to highway safety.

One finalist will be chosen from each of PennDOT's 11 engineering districts. The winning students will be invited to Harrisburg to have the PSA professionally recorded and then distributed to radio stations in their respective areas. Winning students from each PennDOT district will receive certificates and copies of the finished PSA.

Students can submit a completed audio PSA or written script which can be sent via e-mail to RA-penndotpress@state.pa.us or mailed to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Alison Wenger, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Entries must be received or postmarked by March 13.

For complete contest rules, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and click on Drive Safe PA.

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