CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Four Missouri high schools and their communities won first place and $6,000 in donations from AAA Missouri at the first AAA Buckle Up Phone Down High School Showdown by pledging distraction-free driving mobile phone, to talk so that others do the same and always wear their seatbelts.
The new traffic contest was developed by AAA Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation, to educate teen drivers and their parents about the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted driving has killed 577 people on Missouri roads since 2015 and causes thousands of crashes each year, according to AAA Missouri.
Student Safe Driving Pledge Contest
- 1st Place – Madison High School – $2,000
- 2nd Place – Twin Rivers High School – $1,500
- 3rd Place – Odessa High School – $1,000
Safe Driving Promise Family/Friend/Faculty Contest
- Grand Prize – Cape Central High School – $1,500
The Showdown, which brought together 15 participating schools across the state, provided school faculty members with a virtual safe driving instruction program and student learning resources and a competition. to commit to safe driving.
Winners were determined by the top three schools with the highest percentage of student engagements as well as a winner for the most engagements from family, friends, and faculty. In total, the Showdown generated more than 4,200 safe driving pledges in Missouri communities.
“Cellphone distraction while driving is an ongoing problem that affects every corner of our state and affects everyone who uses Missouri’s roadways,” said Angie Nelson, vice president of public affairs and government relations at the AAA Missouri. “The overwhelming response to the showdown shows that teens and adults recognize the deadly consequences of distracted driving and want to be part of the solution.”
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