Submissions are currently being accepted for New York Department of Transportation’s (DOT) traffic safety competition. Through March 31, students are invited to create public service announcements to highlight the importance of safer streets. To incorporate hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, this year’s competition involves creating a musical video that includes written rap lyrics and/or dances of students emphasizing Vision Zero concepts. A $1000 grand prize will be awarded to the winning school and its video will be promoted by DOT.

Vision Zero is the city’s initiative to cut down on traffic fatalities and injuries. The video contest is meant to encourage students to think and discuss how to change dangerous driver behavior and how to better protect themselves. Free lesson plans, pedometers, walking graphs, pencils, and other educational materials were delivered to the first 100 schools to register last month, but any classrooms interested in participating can still download the toolkit and enter the competition. Learn more here

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