TxDOT contest awards 3 schools with grants

TxDOT contest awards 3 schools with grants
(Source: KWES)

WEST TEXAS (KWES) - Five West Texas schools took part in a contest sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation to win a mini grant.

Students at the schools had to make a public service announcement about different subjects including DWIs, teen drinking and driving, safety belts, distracted driving, motor safety awareness, and drowsy driving.

The videos were judged by the Texas Department of Public Safety and local news media.

TxDOT is offering the students the money to use for project graduation celebrations so seniors have a safe place to go after graduation.

TxDOT tells us why they started doing this in the first place. "It is something new, we feel, that TxDOT is doing all of this safety campaigning and what is the message getting across to them? And, it really is because a lot of these schools participate," said Robert Martinez, TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist.

Iraan won first place, winning $1,500, Rankin won second place, winning $1,250, and Fort Stockton took third, winning $1,000.

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