Manning Urges Students to Help Raise Awareness About Dangers of Distracted Driving
Teens are three times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
COLUMBUS—The Ohio Turnpike recently announced a teen video contest to help combat distracted driving. State Senator Gayle Manning
(R-North Ridgeville) is calling on local teens to participate in a video contest, sponsored by the Ohio Turnpike Commission, aimed at reducing the number of distracted driving-related fatalities on Ohio’s roadways.
Students in grades 9-12 can encourage their peers to drive safely and win some great prizes by participating in the “W82TXT” video contest. By producing and submitting a video, high schoolers can help spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and compete for great prizes like a GoPro video camera, Apple iPad and a $250 Amazon Gift Card.
A former chair of the Senate’s Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee, Senator Manning also serves as a member of the Ohio Turnpike Commission, which oversees the 241-mile toll road along the state’s northern corridor. In addition to crafting a $7.06 billion job-sustaining Ohio Transportation Budget, Senator Manning has been a strong advocate for legislation aimed at keeping our roadways safe and strengthening public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
“Convincing just one person to keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on safe driving can mean the difference between life and death for our friends and families," said Senator Manning. “This contest is a great way to make a positive difference in our community, helping to keep Ohio’s roadways safe."
Car accidents are the most common cause of death for Ohioans between ages 8 and 24. One Ohioan dies every 7.8 hours on Ohio’s roadways and every 16 minutes nationally. Eleven percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who are involved in a fatal crash were distracted at the time of the crash.
New teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Videos must be submitted by July 4th. For more information and details about the contest, click here