Some are funny, some are poignant. But each of them send a necessary – and powerful – message to teens.
Of the 1,300 entries into the annual Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge,
a few stood out from the pack. But one – the grand prize winner from North Carolina high school seniors Kirklin Hopkins and Kellen Stadler titled “It’s Not OK” – drove the point home with gut-wrenching realism, showing how a small incident can affect a child forever.
is a comprehensive program from Toyota and Discovery Education, designed to educate teens on the dangers of distracted driving.
The video challenge is one of the yearly highlights of the program, giving students a chance to create a 1-minute public service announcement urging their peers to pay attention on the road.
All of the 10 finalists are worth checking out, and you can do that here.
However, we’ve taken the liberty of posting the top three, along with the viewers’ choice winner below.
Grand Prize Winner ($15,000 prize) –
Kirklin Hopkins and Kellen Stadler, Charlotte, North Carolina, “It’s Not Fine”
Second Place ($10,000)
– Porter Christensen, Saint George, Utah, “Stupid Stats”
People’s Choice ($7,500)
Third Place ($7,500) – Jake Wieners, Agawam, Massachusetts, “Don’t Blind yourself”
– Michael Sivvianakis, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, “Magic Won’t Help You”