Safe driving jingle contest opens for Virginia teens

YOVASO, or Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety, is encouraging Virginia youth ages 11-19 to help everyone jingle their way to a safe holiday by creating a safe driving song or tune for a statewide competition with cash prizes up to $500.

The Jingle Your Way to a Safe Holiday: Buckle Up and Celebrate Responsibly Contest is now under way and accepting submissions until 11:59 pm on December 7th.

The safe driving jingle must be submitted as a video and no longer than 30 seconds.

The winning jingle in the high school division will receive a $500 cash prize with additional cash prizes for the top 3 high school and middle school participants.

Winners will be chosen by public vote on the Holiday Campaign webpage.

The contest is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during a high risk period for young drivers.

Over the past three years in the month of December, 17 teens have died and 1,235 were injured in motor vehicle crashes.

During that time period, teen drivers have accounted for an additional 4,245 crashes and 14 fatal crashes.

YOVASO is a peer-to-peer education group that advocates for safe driving and is supported by the Virginia State Police and DMV.

A link for more information or to enter the contest is available here

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VA schools, students, and police honored for Traffic Safety

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Schools, students, and law enforcement from around Virginia will be honored today in Harrisonburg for the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety.

The banquet will honor those who demonstrated exemplary efforts to encourage safe driving and passenger safety among teenagers.

15 categories will be awarded, with most of those going to student and school based groups.

A Lifetime Achievement Award and the Shining Star Award will also be awarded to community members.

YOVASO is a program of the Virginia State Police and funded by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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