Contest for High School Students, Faculty will Promote Safe Driving

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Students and staff of New Jersey High Schools are invited to participate in a contest to develop campaigns to address teen driving safety in the community. Finalist schools will recieve a $1,000 stipend.

U Got Brains Champion Schools Project

In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving -- and the importance of driving safe -- the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety are sponsoring a contest that will challenge students and staff of New Jersey High Schools to develop campaigns to address teen driving safety in the community.

The “U Got Brains Champion Schools Project” will begin on Sunday, October 17, which is the start of National Teen Driving Safety Week. All New Jersey High Schools are invited to participate. Students and faculty may choose any type of creative projects that will make an impact on the student community. A maximum of 10 finalists or “Champion Schools” will be chosen throughout the state and will receive a stipend of $1,000.00 to help implement their project. An overall winner will be crowned in May 2011.

Applications may be filled out online at http://www.ugotbrains.com.

“In New Jersey a teenager crashes every 10 minutes, and these crashes are the leading cause of death and disability among that age group,” said Barbara Geiger-Parker, President & CEO of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey. “We are looking for creative students and faculty to help change these statistics.”

Teenagers and their family members can find out more information about driving safety at the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey’s websites, http://www.ugotbrains.com and http://www.njteendriving.com.

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is a statewide organization committed to supporting and advocating for individuals affected by brain injury and raising public awareness through education and prevention. A brain injury can happen to anyone at anytime. For more information on the services and resources of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey call the toll-free helpline at 1-800-669-4323 or visit http://www.bianj.org.

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