A video contest sponsored by the Connecticut DMV and Travelers recently opened, giving high school students the opportunity to create a video advocating for vehicle safety and obeying the rules of the road.
This is the 10th annual contest and this year’s title is “Could this be you? Every second matters.” Past contest winners can be viewed on the YouTube account “teensafedriving12.”
Natalie Duphrezin, a seventh-semester allied health major, said if the DMV offered a similar contest for college students, she would participate in it. She said the contest title holds meaning for her.
“Within seconds anything could happen. You could… cause an accident which could potentially harm someone else’s life or affect someone’s life permanently,” Duphrezin said.
According to the contest description, the DMV has been raising awareness about distractions and unsafe behaviors that cause dangerous situations for drivers.
The number of traffic fatalities in Connecticut is currently higher it has been in than the last four years, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Young driver crashes, which are crashes involving drivers ages 15 to 25, made up 35 percent of crashes in the last two years, according to the Connecticut Crash Depository.