Video Contest to Raise Awareness of Texting and Driving

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is calling on high school and post-secondary students from across Canada to create a video about the dangers of texting and driving.

The Practise Safe Txt contest is aimed at raising national awareness of the dangers texting behind the wheel causes.

“Today’s young people are the first generation to grow up with smart phones and instant, constant communication via texting devices,” said CAA Manitoba spokesperson Liz Peters. “With Manitoba’s distracted driving law in effect banning the use of handheld devices behind the wheel, this contest is a great way to get young drivers talking about how dangerous practices like texting behind the wheel can have consequences that last a lifetime.”

Submissions will be narrowed down to the top 10, where a handful will then compete for the $3,000 cash prize.

Aspiring film makers must be at least 16-years-old and videos must be no longer than 90 seconds. All entries are judged based on positive, accurate messaging, creativity and artistic merit. Contest entries are being accepted at CAA.ca/safetxt until November 27, 2011.

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