Edison, NJ - The winners of Middlesex County’s 19th Annual 3D-Don’t Drive Dangerously PSA Contest were recently announced during a conference in their honor held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.
The program is co-sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the Middlesex County Superintendent of Schools, the Wellspring Center for Prevention, the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and the Level One Trauma Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
First place in the video category went to North Brunswick High School; second place went to John P. Stevens High School; and third place went to The Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences.
First place in the audio category went to The Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences; second place went to Carteret High School; and third place went to John P. Stevens High School.
To participate in the contest, high school students throughout Middlesex County produced 30- to 60-second audio and video public service announcements to warn their friends and classmates about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving.
In total, high school students from 12 schools throughout the County produced 18 videos and 7 audio recordings that promote driving safety to their peers and to adults. The submissions were judged on their originality, creativity, sound quality and strength of message.
“The PSAs are incredibly well-done, the students have a real sense of accomplishment, and we’re helping to promote a message that can save lives,” adding, “Families are shattered and lives are lost because of impaired or distracted driving. This program sends a powerful message to young drivers that we hope will be heard and remembered,” Freeholder Shanti Narra, Chair of the County’s Public Safety and Health Committee.
The winning school in the video category received $1,000; second place received $750, and third place received $500. The winning school in the audio category received $500; second place received $300, and third place received $200.
All winnings go to support Project Graduation or other Driver Safety and Awareness Programs. Additionally, the State Division of Highway Traffic Safety provided gift certificates to each member of the winning teams. All video and audio entries are available on our YouTube channel by searching Middlesex County NJ.