2010-01-21 / Local & State

High School Students Invited To Enter Radio PSA Contest

Pennsylvania high school students are invited to help remind motorists to drive safely by participating in a radio contest sponsored by PennDOT.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors wishing to participate are asked to create a 30- second radio public service announcement, or PSA, focused on safety topics such as aggressive driving, buckling up or driving under the influence.

The PSA must include the phrase “Drive Safe PA,” which PennDOT introduced last year as part of its continued commitment to highway safety.

“The students’ creative approach to this contest last year was amazing,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Scott Christie, P.E. “They found a unique way to talk about seat belts and aggressive driving that hopefully resonated with drivers and convinced them to change their driving behaviors for the better. We look forward to having another great contest this year.”

One finalist will be chosen from each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. The winning students will be offered the opportunity to travel 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 finished copies of their PSA.

Entries may be submitted electronically as an MP3 or MP4 file, or a written script, to RApenndotpress@ state.pa.us. Students can also submit entries by mail to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Erin Waters, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120. Entries must be received or postmarked by Feb. 27.

For the full list of contest rules, visit www.DriveSafePA.org.

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