CIPP Distracted Driving Poster Contest

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Center for Injury Prevention and Policy at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center invites all Maryland high school students to participate in the annual Distracted Driving Poster Contest.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens ( Driver distraction continues to be a growing problem and a significant threat to the state’s public safety. In Maryland, an average of 70 people die and 20,000 people are injured each year due to distraction-related driving. When sending or receiving a text message, a driver diverts his/her eyes from the road for approximately 4.6 seconds, which is equivalent to blindly driving the length of a football field at 55 mph.

In a proactive effort to combat preventable injury, the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy (CIPP) invites your high school students to participate in our “STC Against Distracted Driving” Poster Contest. The CIPP hopes that you will help us on our mission to reduce preventable injuries, violence and reduce the consequences while establishing a culture of injury prevention in Maryland. Prizes will be awarded to the top three chosen posters.

STC Against Distracted Driving Poster Contest Criteria:

  • Posters should measure between 18 inches high and 24 inches wide (no larger).
  • Posters must be the original design and creation of the entrant(s).
  • Computer graphics may be used.
  • Participants must develop an original slogan against distracted driving.
    • Ex. STD (Stop Texting & Driving)
  • Posters must address distracted driving as a preventable, high-risk activity. Any type of driver distractions may be referenced (manual, audible, or visual).
    •  Ex. Texting, eating, using a GPS, etc. while driving
  • In submitting a poster, students agree that the poster/slogan may be displayed at the STC, featured in its publications, and included on its website.
  • All entries become the property of the STC’s CIPP and cannot be returned.
  • Only first-, second-, third-place, and honorable mention winners will be notified. The CIPP will announce winners in April 2014 during the Distracted driving awareness month.
  •  Students may work individually or in teams (up to 6-8 students per team).
  • Participants must identify the high school on the back of the poster.
  • Only one poster submission may represent each high school.
  • Please notify CIPP of your participation by January 3, 2014. Posters received without notification of school participation will be disqualified.

STC Distracted Driving Posters with be evaluated on the following:

  • Clarity of Prevention Message
  • Effectiveness of Prevention Message
  • Visual Effectiveness
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Universal Appeal

Poster submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2014 to the address below. There is no entry fee. Please send posters rolled in mailing tubing.

110 S. Paca Street, Box 56
Baltimore, MD 21201

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Sullivan at

This page was last updated: December 23, 2013

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