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AAA is calling all Connecticut high school videographers!

HS Students: Focus on April 13! It’s AAA’s Traffic Safety Video Contest Deadline!

Calling all high school videographers! AAA Northeast’s annual 2020 Traffic Safety Video Contest is now underway with a theme that focuses on the dangers of marijuana-impaired teen driving.

To compete for monetary prizes, high school students in Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven Counties must create a 30-second public service announcement focusing on the marijuana impairment theme.

Contest rules and judging criteria are listed on www.aaa.com/videocontest, the link through which entries may be submitted by the April 13 deadline.

“In this year’s contest, we’re want to reinforce the message that consuming marijuana, then getting behind the wheel of a car, impact’s one’s driving ability,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman.  “We also believe video media designed and created by students, is an engaging, effective way to spread awareness on this topic.”

With the recent legalization and decriminalization of cannabis in many states, society’s attitude toward the drug has softened, said Mayko. “And unfortunately, all drivers – not only teens -- need to understand that marijuana-impaired driving more than doubles your crash risk.”

 

Between April 20-30, the public may view and “like” student entries submitted from AAA Northeast’s territory, which covers Connecticut’s Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties; Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and parts of New York, and New Jersey. The website is www.aaa.com/videocontest.

Then on May 1, the top five videos, determined by the number of “likes,” will be posted to AAA Northeast’s Instagram account @AAANortheast. The video receiving the most “likes” by May 4 will be named the Grand Prize $5000 Winner.

This competition is part of AAA Northeast’s ongoing education efforts on marijuana and driving. The Providence-based auto club also offers a free, video-based presentation, Shifting GearsThe Blunt Truth About Marijuana & Driving” to high school health classes.

Endorsed by Brown University’s School of Public Health, the program highlights the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain and focuses on the dangers of drugged driving.

To learn more about this free educational program, area high school principals and health educators should visit www.aaa.com/Shiftinggears for more information.

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 64 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services. In Connecticut, we serve a half-million members living in is Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield counties

 

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