Impact Teen Drivers created the Create Real Impact Contest to ask young drivers, ages 14-22, to show how they would talk about the very real problem of distracted driving.
Teens and young adults enter to win cash and prizes by showcasing art, music, video and creative writing to address reckless and distracted driving and solve the problem. It's that simple. This unique opportunity allows for a safe and expressive platform to speak out and create real impact. In 2011, over 100,000 votes were cast on over 2,000 submitted entries - all with a network of friends, loved ones, and young drivers raising their awareness to stop this behavior.
February 9: Spring contest begins
April 10: Last day for entries
April 11 - 18th: Voting Period
April 21st - 24th: Winner's Announced
You won't hurt their feelings. By: Constancia Malahias
Unlock the car.
Everything seems to be falling apart.
Open the door.
I know I failed that English test.
Sit in the seat.
Samantha hasn’t responded to my text yet.
Close the door.
John has been distant lately.
Look into the rearview mirror.
I accidentally killed a cat this morning.
Wipe away the blackened tear stains.
I ran it over with my car; I wasn’t paying attention.
Put the key into the ignition.
Still no texts from Sammi or John.
Turn the key. Hear the engine roar.
I know that Samantha is hiding something from me.
Push down the emergency brake.
I think that John is hiding something from me too.
Put the car in reverse.
My grandmother threatened to kick me out last night.
That’s what you get when you finally convince her to be sober.
Go back in drive.
She doesn’t approve of John.
Press on the gas.
She says he’s nothing but trouble.
Just keep driving.
I’m supposed to get my grades up.
A dead cat.
How the heck can I do that when I have to work until midnight every single day?
My dead cat.
I just need a break from it all.
The construction leaves a trail of fresh, dark asphalt.
I hear something.
Press on the gas; you’ll be late for work.
Where is it coming from?
Speed by the deserted bulldozers.
It’s from my pocket.
There is a red stoplight at the bridge. Stop.
I take out my phone.
A text from Sammi. Finally.
Green means go.
Get into the right lane.
“I luv u 2, John.”
Turn right onto the interstate.
Now there’s a second text.
Put on the gas.
“umm… wrong #...”
This ends now.
I text back:
“I can’t believe it, you evil” –
I get jolted backwards.
My phone gets ripped out of my hands.
Whoops, forgot my seatbelt.
I am reminded of this when my head smashes against the ceiling.
Where am I?
Why is the front part of my car caved in?
I guess it doesn’t really matter.
I should probably worry about why I can’t feel my entire body.
Did something just snap?
That can’t be good.
I like kittens.
Muffins are good, too.
But why must they always be run over and killed?
The kittens, not the muffins.
Well, at least I don’t have to worry about my English test anymore.
My grandmother won’t have to kick me out.
Where’s my phone?
I should curse out Samantha and John.
Oh, I know what happened now.
I accidentally entered the incoming traffic on the interstate.
Why would I do such a thing?
I guess I was too distracted.
Maybe I should have just cleared my mind of everything before driving.
At least I could have avoided texting and driving.
I feel very warm all of a sudden.
It feels like I’m submerged in a hot swimming pool.
Funny, because it’s actually quite cold outside.
It’s like one of those cheesy, cliché sayings:
“Whenever you feel that the world is chilly,
Just remember that all of the warmth you ever need comes from yourself.”
I wonder if muffins taste better if they’re shaped like kittens.
I guess I’ll never find out.
I wonder if kittens are cuter if they’re shaped like muffins.
Remember the kitten that fit into a beaker?
I think I’m becoming delusional.
I think my heart is stopping, too.
Muffins by any other name would smell as sweet.
Unless some kid runs them over with a car.
The hills are alive with the sound of songs.
They go on dancing their everlasting dance.
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
But now I’m dead.
Strange; you would think that death would stop the act of speech.
But I guess that –
The Texting and Driving Statistics Are Staggering
- Drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident if they are texting while driving. – Virginia Tech
- One-third of drivers in the United States reported that they had read or sent text messages or emails while driving. – CDC
The truth is that there are a growing number of statistics, studies and reports that connect texting while driving to needless car crashes. Our firm has decided to make a stand against texting and driving by raising the stakes in our texting and driving cases to pursue punitive damages.
We want to take that fight one step further and announce a project aimed at the young people who are most often involved in these incidents.
Annual Scholarship To Stop Texting And Driving Accidents
There are 11 teen deaths every day from texting and driving.
The growing number of teens involved in life altering accidents with such a solvable cause is heart-breaking.
That’s why we’ve decided to do what we can by offering 3 students the opportunity to receive a $1,000 college scholarship for creating a video that helps stop texting and driving.
National Scholarship Opportunity
We want this opportunity to reach as many students as possible with this scholarship. To make that possible, one of the three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a student who is a resident of the United States.
Regional Scholarship for Students of Davidson County and Students in TN
Raybin and Weissman PC are proud to be based in Nashville, Tennessee so we will be awarding one $1,000 scholarships to a currently enrolled student in Davidson County, Tennessee. Our final $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in the State of TN.
How To Enter Our Video Scholarship Contest:
Video Prompt: Convince us that you will not text and drive.
Create a 30 to 60 second video on YouTube that convinces us that you will not text and drive. Craft your video so that your story convinces others to not text and drive. See the full contest details here.
To enter our scholarship contest please submit your entry and contact information below. You must either be a High School Junior or Senior or a full time college student. By submitting your entry, you’re giving Raybin & Weissman, P.C. permission to distribute and reproduce the content at its discretion.
Limits and Requirements for Scholarship Entry
Eligibility Summary (you must read and agree to the complete Official Rules)
- Video must be 30 to 60 seconds long.
- High school juniors, seniors and full-time college students may participate.
- Participants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
- Videos must be uploaded to YouTube.
- YouTube video description must include a link to https://www.nashvilletnlaw.com/scholarship/
- Individuals or teams (up to 4 people) may enter.
- You must have written permission for use of all content (images, audio, people…) in the video.
- Don’t do anything illegal or inappropriate in the video.
- And please, don’t text and drive in the video. You can simulate it but remember, we want to stop texting and driving.
- Make sure to read the complete Official Rules here.
Scholarship Video Winner Selection
Entries will be reviewed by our firm and then be judged on the creativity and merit of entries. Winners will be selected and contacted within 2 weeks of the deadline listed below for each scholarship.
All entries must be submitted by April 2, 2018 10:00 PM Central time.
Why would a firm that handles personal injury lawsuits hold a scholarship contest that could reduce auto accidents?
“Nearly half of my clients have been injured in car accidents that involve distracted driving,” says firm partner David Weissman. But as a parent of two teenage drivers, he knows that safety on the road is paramount.
“I get so tired of seeing cars weaving or driving 30 MPH on the interstate. You pass by them and they’re texting when they need to be paying attention to the cars and people around them,” says Weissman who leads our personal injury practice. “A couple years ago, my family and I were rear-ended by a driver who was texting. None of us were seriously injured but that was the day that I decided to do something to make a difference.”
Since starting the annual Stop Texting & Driving scholarship contest, over 5,000 students have entered. “Even though we’re small compared to some of the other campaigns to end texting and driving, I’m proud of the fact that we’ve had thousands of young drivers really think about the dangers.”
Past Scholarship Winners:
2017 Scholarship Video Winners
- 2017 Davidson County – Shauntonio Jones
- 2017 Tennessee – Chandler Warrick
- 2017 National – Anthony Scarpone-Lambert
2016 Scholarship Video Winners
2015 Scholarship Essay Winners