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Students submitted creative messages to bring awareness to the issue of distracted driving.

Students from Liberty High School were recognized this month for their efforts in bringing attention to an important and prevalent issue nationwide, distracted driving, specifically amongst teens.

COURTESY PHOTO: CALIFORNIA CASUALTY - Liberty High School was awarded $500 in the contest from California Casualty and Impact Teen Drivers.The school received a $500 education grant for being one of three schools in the country with the most submitted entries into the Create Real Impact Spring 2018 contest.

"The Create Real Impact contest is a creative way to empower youth to develop life-saving messaging which is both relevant and effective at reaching peers in their social media comfort zone," said Kelly Browning, the executive director of Impact Teen Drivers, in a press release from California Casualty Management Company who sponsors the contest.

Students between the ages of 14 and 22 were invited to submit works of art, including music, writing and videos addressing the dangers of distracted driving, according to the organization.

"The peer-to-peer messaging is shown to be one of the best tools to combat inattentive driving," the group said.

Liberty has incorporated curriculum on the Impact Teen Drivers Distracted Driving into the school, and this is the second time the high school has won an award in the contest.

"Preventing inattentive driving is more important than ever," the release stated. "The National Safety Council has issued a call to action after a sudden and dramatic rise in traffic deaths the past two years, many caused by reckless actions or drivers not paying attention to the road. The Oregon Department of Transportation is targeting distracted driving as a major public safety issue."



By Olivia Singer
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