Teen Driving: Be a Part of DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest - DEADLINE December 15, 2016

2016-2017 DMV-Travelers

Teen Safe Driving Video Contest


Get Involved!

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)-Travelers Insurance Teen Safe Driving Video Contest is underway! The contest is open to all Connecticut high school students, and home-schooled students ages 14-18.  The deadline for entries is December 15, 2016.

Contest Information

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VIDEO CHECKLIST:  Print out and make sure you double check this list

GET INVOLVED:  Enter the DMV-Travelers Insurance annual video public service announcement contest.  Win Visa Gift Cards for yourself, money for your school and walk the red carpet at an Awards Gala!

THIS YEAR’S THEME:  One Split Second...

HOW TO ENTER:  High school students produce a creative, unique and effective video public service announcement. Video can be up to 45 seconds in length. Your video can be less than 45 seconds, but it can not exceed 45 seconds.

WHO CAN ENTER: High school student ages 14 to 18 enrolled in a public or private high school located in Connecticut, or students ages 14 to 18 who are home-schooled in Connecticut.


Rules and Entry Forms

**Please read complete rules to avoid being disqualified

Video Requirements

Summary of contest requirements:

  • The public service announcement video can be up to 45 seconds long.
  • The video must demonstrate the theme:  “One Split Second…”
  • The PSA must show in it the contest hashtag: #OneSecond
  • It must also address two specific teen driving laws. More info: http://ct.gov/teendriving/laws
  • The PSA must have a multicultural or diversity component because driving involves teens from all backgrounds, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, culture, etc.  Bi-lingual/multi-cultural videos are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Teams of students are limited to a maximum of 5 members, including the student director.
  • The PSA must feature at least two teens, and include the idea, mention or use of a parental figure in video.  (Parent doesn’t actually have to appear in video).
  • Entries can be submitted electronically through the online program DropBox (See "Submit My Video" below)
  • Please read complete rules to avoid video being disqualified. Download the rules:  PDF Version
Submit My Video
Students can submit their videos electronically (through Dropbox) or by postmarked mail. 
To Submit through Dropbox:
Step 1:  Be sure your video file name includes your last name and school.  For example:  Smith_EastHighSchool.mov
Step 2: Upload your video at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/RKPNKMXcfSmdjhCo51Ew
Step 3:  Select the “choose” option to locate your video file and select the file you wish to send.
Step 4:  Enter the required information (name and a valid e-mail address).  DMV may use this e-mail address to contact you regarding your video.
Step 5: Select “Upload” to send your video file.
Step 6:  Please send your completed entry forms to DMV.  You may scan the documents and e-mail to dmv.teencontest@ct.gov -- or fax your documents to 860-263-5592.
To Submit by Mail:
A complete entry consists of 1) the completed entry form, 2) a signed release form by entrant and his/her parent or legal guardian, 3) appearance releases signed by anyone who appears or participates in the PSA and 4) the PSA. 
Mail your complete entry to:
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles,
Attn: Corporate and Public Relations Unit
“Teen Driving PSA Contest”
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT  06161


Here is a summary of contest prizes:

  • Travelers, the contest prize sponsor, increased from last year the monetary awards to schools by $1,000 for first, second and third places.  First place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $5,000 and third place will receive $4,000. 
  • Winning student teams will receive up to $1,250 in Visa Gift cards with amounts that vary depending on the award.
  • New awards will also be given to schools and its students for videos.  The award categories are best original music, along with best uses of humor, parental figure and community members. 
  • A social media award for students will be offered by Travelers to encourage promotion of teens’ work and safety message of the contest.    This award is open to all entries that meet contest requirements.
  • The Connecticut Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety will offer a new award professionally remake the first-place winning entry to be shown at venues across the state.
  • A cash prize of $1,000 will go to the school with the video showing the best multicultural message and has been underwritten by Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
Questions About Contest?
For additional information, e-mail Ernie Bertothy at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or call 860-263-5024. 

Content Last Modified on 10/7/2016 3:20:45 PM