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Teen drivers could win big money

The Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition is offering area high school students a chance to win $100 – just for driving safely.

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Throughout the month of May, students grades in nine through 12 can submit photos and videos via Instagram for the #SmartTeenDriver Instagram Contest.

The contest is designed to educate and engage teens in smart driving habits in Douglas County. Submissions should address teen traffic safety factors. This includes, but is not limited to seatbelt use, driving at a safe speed, dangers of texting while driving, and minimizing distractions while driving.

Multiple weekly winners will receive prizes of gift cards or vouchers to Cherry Berry, Dairy Queen, Garden Center Lanes, Holiday Station Stores, Midway Mall Cinema 9, Papa Murphy’s, Pizza Hut, and Subway. Winners will be drawn each Friday.

The grand prize drawings will be decided between the top 20 submissions that receive the most peer Instagram “likes.” The Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition will judge those submissions based on overall creativity and message delivery. The top three submissions will receive prizes of $25, $50 and $100. Grand prizes are donated by North Memorial Ambulance, Black Ridge Bank, and Douglas County Hospital.

Students can post one photo or video every day of the contest. The more they post, the greater their chances to win!

Submissions must include the hashtag #SmartTeenDriver and another with their school name (#JeffersonHighSchool, #OsakisHighSchool, #BEHighSchool). Any photo or video depicting dangerous acts or inappropriate behavior or language determined by Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition will be disqualified. Contest winners will be contacted via comment on their Instagram posts.

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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