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Students Selling Students on Safety

Safety scholars concept gets message across

by on Feb.11, 2009

Speaking safety in a language teens understand

Speaking safety in a language teens understand

Sarah Wilson doesn’t need to be told about the problems of distracted driving. She’s got several seriously injured friends to remind her what happens when you split your time behind the wheel texting, cellphoning and simply ignoring the road.

So, it’s not surprising that distracted driving became the 21-year-old University of Southern Florida Junior’s theme when she entered the third annual Bridgestone Safety Scholars Video Contest. Open to filmmakers, ages 16-21, the tire maker’s goal is to get young motorists talking to one another about the risks of driving.

Wilson’s short production, titled “Drive to Arrive,” won her a $5,000 scholarship and a new set of tires. It could also help save some lives, the telecommunications major is hoping.