CHICAGO, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Three teenagers from Illinois and Indiana were selected as finalists in the seventh annual Drive Safe Chicago PSA competition. They worked with an Emmy-winning producer to turn their entry ideas into 30-second television public service announcements that will be posted today on the Chicago Auto Show Facebook page, where the public will have the opportunity to vote to choose the winner.
The finalists are Theodore Biela18 years old, student at the Rickover Naval Academy in Chicago, Brynn Baker17, who attends Gillespie High School in Gillespie, ILand Ransom True, 17, a student at FWCS Career Academy in Ft. Wayne, IN.
The winner will receive $2,000 and will be featured on the national television show “Teen Kids News”. The first runner-up will receive $1,000 and the second will win $500. The public can vote for their favorite through March 14 by clicking here.
The contest is sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), a non-profit organization that promotes safe driving behavior, in conjunction with the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the association of new car dealers in the Chicagoland area and the producers of the Chicago Auto Show. Teen from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana were asked to submit ideas for a television public service announcement to help educate drivers, pedestrians and cyclists about the risks on the road, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 7,500 pedestrians and cyclists throughout the country in 2020, an increase of almost 5%.
“We thank the finalist students of the Drive Safely in Chicago competition for their compelling storylines which we hope will inspire drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to travel safely when sharing the roads,” said michelle andersondirector of operations at the National Road Safety Foundation.
“We appreciate the continued partnership with the National Road Safety Foundation,” said the CATA President. Kevin Keefe. “Through this program, these young finalists can change their behavior by communicating the risks to everyone who uses our roads, including pedestrians and cyclists as well as drivers.”
The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded 60 years ago, produces road safety programs on distracted driving, speeding and aggression, impaired driving, drowsy driving, driver skill, pedestrian safety and a host of other safety issues. It distributes the programs free of charge to schools, police and road safety advocates, community groups and individuals. It also sponsors contests to inspire teens to promote safe driving among their peers and in their communities. For more information or to download free programs, visit www.nrsf.org.
About the Chicago Auto Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is made up of more than 420 franchised new car dealerships and 150 other allied members. The group’s member dealers employ approximately 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information, visit www.CATA.info.
SOURCE The National Road Safety Foundation