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Teens steer Road to Safety


Video contest teaches safe driving



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Johns Creek High School student Courtney Pulicella claimed second place for her short film "Cut Short." (click for larger version)
February 18, 2014
MILTON, Ga. Is it any wonder North Fulton schools participate in the annual video competition to raise awareness in student drivers about the need for driver safety?

Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teenagers nationwide, claiming 6,000 lives each year. A further 300,000 are injured. That is, one life is lost every 90 minutes.

Many of the accidents can be attributed to distractions, speed and general inexperience of the drivers.

Unfortunately, most teenagers have an "it won't happen to me" mindset. It is this thinking that the Road to Safety video competition hopes to change.

Now in its fourth year, the competition pits students from all the high schools in the North Fulton area to create videos highlighting the dangers of driving or promoting safe driving practices. For the first year, there were four videos and six teens taking part. This year, at the Feb. 7 awards ceremony at Milton High School, there were 50 videos from 150 teenage videographers.

Many of the videos concerned the loss of a loved one due to driving mistakes.

For more information and a look at the winning videos, visit www.road2safety.com and click on "videos."

JC-02-19-14

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