Teen Driving: Be a Part of DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest - DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 1, 2018

{DMV Travelers 2018 High School Video Contest}

Thank you for your interest the contest!  For details, check out the information below.


Contest Information

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CONTEST DEADLINE:  March 1, 2018 -- (the deadline has been extended, it was previously December 15 2017).




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 and money for your school!


THIS YEAR’S THEME:  Teen Safe Driver: Could This Be You? Every Second Matters.


BACKGROUND:  Distractions and other unsafe behaviors behind the wheel can create dangerous situations for teen drivers and their passengers. This year's contest focuses on a teen driver. That single person can control the fate of himself or herself, as well as others, such as siblings who can ride in the vehicle after six months following the driver getting a license, other kinds of passengers whether in the car legally or illegally, and those in other vehicles traveling on the same roadway. We have too often seen the tragic consequences of one person’s operation of a vehicle on the lives of many other people.


This year we want videos to engage an audience in seeing and understanding positive examples of how to prevent these kinds of tragedies, crashes, injuries and deaths. Studies show that positive reinforcement has a stronger and sounder effect on changing or influencing behavior. We want your video to focus on the positive aspects of how the teen driver can keep the vehicle safe when driving while also obeying Connecticut's teen safe driving laws.

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:

  • PSA must be no longer than forty-five (:45) seconds in length. 
  • It must demonstrate the theme: “Teen Safe Driver: Could This Be You? Every Second Matters.”
  • PSA must show on it the hashtag:  #CouldThisBeYou
  • 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, along with any other teens or adults considered necessary for the creative safety message. 
  • 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 provides the monetary awards to schools: 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.
  • A $2,000 award will go to the school with the most submissions (a minimum of 12 entries is required to qualify for this award). 
  • Awards will also be given to schools and its students for videos.  The award categories are most innovative approach using 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.
  • 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 11/8/2017 11:21:40 AM