Annual Safe Teen Video Contest: Top 10 Available On YouTube

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West Hartford’s Hall High School had the best performance of any in Connecticut among teens who made videos to promote safe driving — producing three of the top 10 YouTube clips, judged by insurance executives and state Department of Motor Vehicles professionals.

Daniel Hand High School in Madison had two entries in the top 10. Other schools with teams in the top 10: Simsbury High, Arts at the Capital Theater in Willimantic, New Canaan High, Weston High and Waterbury Arts Magnet High.

The fifth annual teen safe driving contest is a competition among Connecticut high school students and it’s a way to promote wise decisions about operating a car. A popular theme is discouraging texting or use of a cell phone while driving. The contest drew 128 entries this year with a total of 478 taking part in making the videos. Judging the contest was a combination of state officials, including employees of the state Department of Motor Vehicles and executives at The Travelers Cos.

The winners are going to be announced at a private dinner Tuesday night. The top five winning teams will share in $15,000 cash awards from Travelers, which is given to their high schools to promote safe driving among teens. In the past, winners also were given iPod Nanos and gift certificates.

To see the winning 30-second videos, click here.

About Matthew Sturdevant

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