$5,000 Scholarship Offered in Social Media Contest

A social media post about the dangers of texting and driving could land a student a scholarship toward post-secondary education.

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is encouraging high school and college students to put together a campaign on social media to drive now and text later. While texting while driving is illegal in the state, it’s not preventing drivers to type a message. Cell phones are a constant in the world, but it’s best to wait to check or type text messages until after you reach your destination.

Almost 80 percent of teens and young people have admitted to texting while driving and 78 percent say they have read a text while driving. Since the numbers are high, five state agencies have joined efforts to help raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving by sponsoring the Drive Now. TXTL8R contest. Students produce videos that will be judged. The winning student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

For official rules, visit www.txtl8r.in.gov and a link to the registration page. Students have until April 10 to register. Entries will be considered in early May and ceremonies will be held in June at the winner’s school.