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Trevor Westad received first place for his photo, stating that “texting while driving makes a crash 23x more likely. Texting can wait.” (Contributed)

Instagram contest selects smart teen driver winners

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Throughout the month of May, Douglas County students in grades 9-12 submitted photos and videos via Instagram demonstrating the importance of smart driving.

Organized by the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, the #SmartTeenDriver Instagram contest encouraged high school students to address teen traffic safety factors, such as texting while driving and using a seat belt, through their Instagram accounts.

Three students were selected as grand prize winners for their entries, which will be used throughout the year at various events to educate the community on smart driving habits.

Chelsea Scheunert, a recent graduate of Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria, received third place for her entry addressing the dangers of texting while driving. She received $25, courtesy of North Memorial Ambulance.

Second place went to Brooke Rinicker who will begin her senior year at Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) in the fall. Rinicker submitted a video on putting your phone away and buckling up before driving. She received a $50 gift card from BlackRidge Bank.

Trevor Westad, who will begin his junior year at AAHS in the fall, received the first place prize of $100 from Douglas County Hospital for his photo about texting while driving, stating that the text can wait.

Crystal Hoepner, health educator at Douglas County Public Health, said there were a good number of entries in the contest.

“We’re satisfied with the turnout,” Hoepner said. “It was higher than last year’s.”

Hoepner said that the Instagram contest is one of many initiatives by the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition to strive for zero deaths in Douglas County.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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