Hill Park high school students are showing their peers across the country the dangers of distracted driving.
One group won the photo poster category of the recent Just Drive Canada contest, while another group placed second in the video category.
The poster (“Distracted Driving: You Have A Lot to Lose”) was created by Holly Crump, Connor Duggan, Collin Mills and Tristan Sargent-Waye. They won $500 plus $250 for their school.
The video, entitled “Keep Your Eyes on the Road,” was created by Amy MacDonald, Eric Freeman, Cosburn Warner and Abdullah Channaa. They won a $1,000 prize plus $500 for the school.
The contest, presented by Allstate Canada, generated 240 entries from 64 schools across the country. Nearly 58,000 public votes were cast during the six-week public voting period from Nov. 14 to Dec. 11.
Allstate says a growing body of research identifies driver inattention as a contributing factor in, according to one study, up to 80 per cent of collisions.
“This year’s entries for the Just Drive contest were so inspiring – I was blown away by how enthusiastic and creative the students were,” said MTV’s Phoebe Dykstra, who as a judge in the contest. “Congrats to everyone who entered and helped spread this important message reminding people about the importance of driving safely.”