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Video contest promotes safe driving for teenagers

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WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Department of Motor Vehicles is hosting its fifth annual video contest to promote safe driving with teenagers.

The teen driving laws have helped reduce the number of crashes involving teenagers and has helped educate the public on safer driving practices, according to the DMV. The yearly DMV teen safe driving video contest is one of the ways to involve teenagers in the process and help educate them.

"Teaching our youngest drivers how to be safe behind the wheel saves lives. Stronger laws and innovative programs are one part of the solution, but raising awareness among teen drivers and their parents is the key to road safety," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a release Wednesday. "I applaud these young people for their commitment to get the word out to their peers."

The high school with the winning student produced video is awarded $15,000 in cash prizes. Each video needs to 25 seconds long and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 23.

This five teenagers working with the DMV are trying to increase the number of submissions from the past mark of 105. The students are reaching out to student councils, PTOs and administrators. Social media is being used to promote the contest as well.

"Involving students to help create this theme and promote the contest is one more way to have important people in a teen's life help to teach them to drive safely and responsibly," said DMV Commissioner  Melody A.Currey. "We're excited about working with these five teens to make the contest better."

The theme for 2013 is "Teen Safe Driving: Are You In?" that highlights the importance of teens and adults working together to promote safe driving habits.

For more information on the contest, click the following link.

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