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For Immediate Release
October 30, 2019

Teens to Teens – “Take the Wheel, Take Responsibility"

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. -- The CT Department of Motor Vehicles and Travelers are sponsoring the 12th annual Teen Safe Driving Video contest.  To participate in the contest and a chance to win cash prizes, Connecticut high school students produce and submit videos targeted to their peers with the theme “Take the Wheel, Take Responsibility.”

DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane said, “The theme ‘Take the Wheel, Take Responsibility’ addresses the issue teen drivers are nearly three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers aged 20 and older. They need to understand the importance of safety not only for themselves, but for the public.  Travelers and the CT DMV co-sponsor the contest to drive home the message for responsible driving.”

DMV Deputy Commissioner Antonio “Tony” Guerrera was House chair of the state legislature’s Transportation Committee in 2008. He helped lead the effort to change state laws to increase safety for teen drivers. “Young lives have been saved and families kept intact because we saw the need to change our policies and raise awareness about teenage drivers,” Guerrera said. “This contest encourages schools and students to help us get the word out and communicate how these laws really make a difference.”

“Thousands of Connecticut teens get their license each year and begin sharing the road with all of us, and we need to do everything we can to help ensure they have the skills to drive well,” said Michael Klein, Executive Vice President and President of Personal Insurance at Travelers. “The Connecticut Teen Safe Driving Video contest allows young people to talk directly to their peers about both the freedom and significant responsibility that comes with a driver’s license, and we are proud to support this creative program to help make roadways safer for everyone.”

Travelers will award up to $26,000 in cash prizes to the winning students and their high schools. Video submissions should highlight interactions between the driver and other teens and illustrate ways to practice safer driving habits while obeying Connecticut’s teen driving laws.

The contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled high school students in Connecticut. The deadline for submissions is December 13, 2019.

DMV worked with the following student advisors to develop this year’s theme: Rhyan Bair (Newington High School); Faye Cattel (Middletown High School); Samantha Getsie (Berlin High School); Hunter Marotto and Emma Sibson (Conard High School); Alanna Rodinone and Alyssa Rodinone (Mercy High School); Connor Silbo (Xavier High School); Esha Shrivastav (Kingswood-Oxford); and Michael Torres (Northwest Catholic High School).

Since the contest began, nearly 4,500 students across the state have participated, representing more than 100 high schools. More information about the contest can be found at https://ct.gov/teendriving/contest

Past contest winners can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/teensafedriving12

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