ERIE Announces the 2014 Shift Winners

They came, they learned and they created. Now, ERIE is proud to announce which schools took home the top prizes in the annual Shift contest.

Now in its third 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 safety messages with their peers.

The teens with the most points won cash prizes for themselves and their schools. This year was also the first year for the Best Video award. (That honor went to Corey Householder of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Check out his winning “Not an Art” video above.)

Here’s a breakdown of the Shift winners and their prizes:

  1. Thousand Islands High School
    Clayton, New York, $10,000
  2. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
    Hagerstown, Maryland, $5,000
  3. Punxsutawney High School
    Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, $1,000

Additionally, the first- and second-place students were awarded $1,500 and $500, respectively. The other student Shift winners received $100 Amazon gift cards.

In the end, all the students who received the safe driving message were Shift winners. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that although teens only comprise 14 percent of the U.S. population, they account for about twice as many motor vehicle injuries.

Erie Insurance worked with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to conduct an exclusive analysis of crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It shows how states compare in terms of the relative danger of car accident deaths when teens are behind the wheel.

By making teens aware of dangers on the road, Shift aims to help reduce the number of car accidents involving teens.

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