Seven schools and those schools’ students will share $20,000 in cash and prizes thanks to Shift, a safe teen driving contest from ERIE. Now in its second year, Shift encourages teens to creatively share safe driving tips and experiences with their peers.
Teens who participated in Shift earned points by completing activities like signing a safe-driver pledge, creating and voting on safe-driver videos, and sharing safe-driving messages with their peers. The teens with the most points won cash prizes for themselves and their schools. (Just one winning student was Josh Hollin of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Listen to his original song “Red Lights (Slow It Down)” above!)
The winning schools and prizes include:
1. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
Hagerstown, Md., $10,000
2. Thousand Islands High School
Clayton, N.Y., $2,500
3. Mountain View Junior/Senior High School
Kingsley, Pa., $1,000
4. Roxana High School
Roxana, Ill., $1,000
5. Chester High School
Chester, Ill., $1,000
6. Punxsutawney Area High School
Punxsutawney, Pa., $1,000
7. Williamstown High School
Williamstown, W. Va., $1,000
The first and second place winning students were awarded $1,500 and $500, respectively. The other student winners received $50 Amazon gift cards.
“The goals of our contest were to raise awareness of safe-driving practices and hopefully reduce the number of teen injuries and deaths that happen every year,” said Megan Euston, Shift program administrator at Erie Insurance. “We were thrilled with the level of participation.”
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 16,000 teens in the U.S. ages 16 to 19 died in car accidents from 2007 to 2011. Erie Insurance worked with IIHS to conduct an exclusive analysis of crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to show how states compare in terms of the relative danger of car accident deaths when teens are behind the wheel.