Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Awards $15k to Winners

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge is over and the results are in. Two students recently won $15,000 for completing their video titled “For the Whales,” viewable here. Demonstrating the dangers of texting and driving, high school students Matthew Post and John Caporaletti put things in perspective with this truly unique project.

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge is designed to get students to be safer on the road, according to Toyota. The winners made a funny and intelligent video which compares beluga whales, which weigh roughly the same as a car, to your vehicle. Would you risk texting or looking at a screen if you were driving a whale down main street? This silly analogy is a great way to get young drivers to rethink their unsafe driving habits.

“We applaud this year’s grand prize winners Matthew and John and their use of digital storytelling, creativity and humor to influence the behavior of their peers and ultimately help save lives,” said Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO at Discovery Education. “The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge is about empowering young people like Matthew and John to address the critical issue of distracted driving, and they did it with smarts and creativity.”

The winning video was chosen from more than 1,500 submissions by a panel of judges at both Toyota and Discovery Education. Second place winters received $10,000, third place received $7,500, and the People’s Choice got $5,000. Other awards were given out are part of the Toyota TeenDrive365 program, encouraging student to get rid of bad habits.

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