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October 15, 2018

CTIA Wireless Foundation Announces the Fifth Annual National Drive Smart Digital Short Contest

CTIA Wireless Foundation Announces the Fifth Annual National Drive Smart Digital Short Contest


Washington – CTIA Wireless Foundation is excited to announce that it is now accepting entries for the fifth-annual Drive Smart Digital Short Contest. Through a partnership with By Kids For Kids, the Foundation created the Drive Smart contest to inspire teenagers to create compelling short videos to discourage their peers and adults from distracted driving.

The Grand Prize Winner will be honored with a $10,000 scholarship. Scholarships will also be awarded to two Runners-Up ($5,000 each) and three Finalists ($1,000 each). These top six entries will also be able to nominate an inspirational teacher or mentor, who will also be recognized with a cash prize. Video entries will be judged on criteria such as creativity, effective messaging and potential impact.

Starting today through January 6, 2019, students ages 13-18 in the United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico can enter their original videos about the dangers of distracted driving by visiting Winners will be announced in April 2019, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“We’re excited to launch the fifth year of the Drive Smart contest,” said Dori Kreiger, CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director. “Promoting safe driving is a priority for CTIA Wireless Foundation, and this program gives teens a platform to use creativity to educate others about this important issue.”

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 20 in the U.S., and far too many of those crashes involve distracted driving. To help educate all Americans about the dangers of distracted driving, CTIA Wireless Foundation created the Drive Smart program in 2014.

Students, educators and parents can learn more about the program and eligible teens can enter their original videos at In addition to the contest, the website has information about the dangers of distracted driving, classroom activities and videos from past winners.

Students are encouraged to enter early as there will be weekly random drawings for $100 gift cards for submitted entrants during the first seven weeks of the contest.

About CTIA Wireless Foundation
CTIA Wireless Foundation ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. Its innovative programs benefit consumers in areas including education, health, safety and the environment. The Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991. Follow CITA Wireless Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

About By Kids For Kids
By Kids for Kids® (BKFK®) is an educational company providing free programs and resources to schools and families through corporate and foundation partnerships. BKFK provides a unique platform for kids and teens to develop and showcase their ideas, inventions, and entrepreneurship. The company provides free resources, including curricula and challenges that promote social change, product innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Learn more:

About Drive Smart Digital Short Contest
To reinforce the dangers of distracted driving by teens, CTIA Wireless Foundation has partnered with By Kids For Kids to create the Drive Smart program. The initiative challenges young people to create a Drive Smart Digital Short designed to discourage teens from distracted driving and using mobile devices behind the wheel. Follow the conversation online at #DriveSmartNow and

Press Contacts:
CTIA Wireless Foundation: Anderson Sullivan, [email protected], 202-736-3252
BKFK: Laura Ploss, [email protected], 203-321-2146

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