Topics and Ideas

Lets Get Your Traffic Safety Campaign Rolling!

Its time to get your campaign up and running! Pick one of the topics below to build your campaign on.

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    Distracted Driving
    Distracted Distracted driving can be anything that takes your mind off what you're doing while you are driving and increases the risk of having a car crash. There are many factors that contribute to distracted driving including talking on cell phones, texting, eating, reading, or even reaching for something on the floor – all while you are driving. Sometimes you may not even realize you are a distracted driver and are greatly increasing your risk of a car crash. Highlight the importance of not being a distracted driver and promote drivers to do one thing behind the wheel – drive!

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    Underage Drinking and Driving
    Drinking under the age of 21 is against the law and drinking and driving is against the law for all ages. Drinking while driving significantly reduces concentration, motor skills, and reaction time. You not only endanger yourself and any passengers in the vehicle, but you endanger everyone on the roadway or even near it. While the cost of a life is the ultimate price a person will pay for drinking and driving, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction can cost up to $10,000 for a first-time offense. Also, for drivers under 21 a DUI conviction could suspend your license up to 180 days. This could affect your chances of landing a job because the DUI citation will remain on your record for years down the road! How will you deliver your message to prevent underage drinking and driving?

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    Seatbelt Use
    Seatbelts save lives. You have heard it a million times, but many drivers still do not buckle up. Did you know in a 30 mile per hour crash, an unbelted 160 pound person can strike another passenger, get ejected through the windshield, or slam into the car's interior with up to 4,800 pounds of force? There is no way you can brace yourself against that much force and your chances of being thrown from the car are much higher if you aren’t restrained in a seatbelt. It takes less than three seconds to click it. This could save your life or your passengers’ lives. Explain the significance of buckling up, every trip, every time!

Now That You've Chosen a Topic:

How will you deliver your message? Choose one of the options below:

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    Create a 30-second Video
    Create a video and develop a unique and original campaign slogan on your chosen topic (i.e. Click It or Ticket, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, Don’t Get Ejected!)* Check out last years examples

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    Create a Billboard
    Create a billboard with a safety message and develop a unique and original campaign slogan on your chosen topic (i.e. Click It or Ticket, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, Don’t Get Ejected!)*

Finally, Just Complete One Traffic Safety Event

The final step for the contest is to complete one traffic safety event. You can check out the requirements for your event below:

  • Entries from a Class A school are required to have a minimum attendance of 50 people present at their traffic safety event. Entries from a Class B school are required to have a minimum attendance of 20 people present at their traffic safety event.
  • The traffic safety event can be conducted at your school or at a school function (i.e. basketball tournament, etc.). This traffic safety event can be different than your campaign topic.
  • To reach your required minimum attendance, you can conduct more than one safety event (i.e. For an entry from a Class B school - On Tuesday, perform 10 seatbelt checks and on Wednesday perform 10 more seatbelt checks).
  • Submit a one page typed report about the traffic safety event(s) you conducted at your school will be required, along with a minimum of 2 photos from the event(s). The report must be single space, size 12, Times New Roman. You can view the report guidelines here.

Ideas for Your School Traffic Safety Event

We encourage you to work with your local Community Traffic Safety Program Administrator or the North Dakota Safety Council on activities/events you can conduct for your Traffic Safety Event. To find your local Community Traffic Safety Program Administrator, visit contact the North Dakota Safety Council, call Terry Weaver at 701-223-6372.

Here are a few suggestions for your traffic safety event:

  • Have your local law enforcement representative speak to you about the importance of traffic safety amongst teens
  • Cheerleaders conduct traffic safety cheers at school event
  • Conduct Seatbelt checks
  • Invite a guest speaker to talk about traffic safety (i.e. personal story of an individual who has been in a car crash
  • Alive at 25 – This young driver intervention program zeroes in on drivers between the ages of 14 and 24 - the group most likely to be involved in fatal collisions. This highly interactive program teaches young drivers how to take control of situations by taking responsibility for their own driving behavior. Contact Terry Weaver with North Dakota Safety Council at [email protected] or (701) 223-6372

Ideas for Your 30 Second Video or Billboard

Here are a few suggestions for your 30 second video or billboard:

  • Get Different Perspectives
    Interview a police officer, crash victim, or a friend to get a personal take on the topic. Use different perspectives to present your message. If you enjoy singing, belt out a song about the traffic safety topic you have chosen. Shoot a mock crash scene. Make your billboard appear 3D. Be creative, have fun, make a difference!
  • Discuss the Repercussions of your Topic Chosen
  • Give the Cold, Hard Facts
    Put things into perspective - best way to make your point.

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