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Posted on July 17, 2017.

AT&T and Impact Teen Drivers Announce Winning Entries in “Create Real Impact: It Can Wait Video Challenge”

 Teen videos help encourage safe summer driving and share the message “It Can Wait”

Los Angeles, July 17, 2017 — AT&T* and Impact Teen Drivers announced the winners of the “Create Real Impact: It Can Wait Video Challenge.” The challenge aimed to help encourage safe summer driving during the “100 deadliest days for teen drivers[i]” by inviting California teens to create an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) including a first responder and a message from AT&T’s IT CAN WAIT public education campaign.

The winning entries were on display Friday, July 14in the IT CAN WAIT booth at AT&T SHAPE, a tech and entertainment expo, and include:

Grand Prize:An Angel’s Advice” by Omkar Hanamsagar of Cerritos, California. Hanamsagar will receive a $500 educational award.

Most Online Votes: “Distracted driving is never okay #ItCanWait by DYC” by Giancarlo Mata of Cathedral City, California. Mata will receive a $500 educational award.

Honorable Mention: "Don't Let Friends Drive Distracted” by Caleb Garrett of Placentia, California. Garrett will receive a $50 educational award.

 Honorable Mention: “Some Reminders are more Important than Others” by Nolan Langford of Corona, California. Langford will receive a $50 educational award.

“AT&T congratulates our contest winners and thanks all the California students and first responders who are helping to educate their peers and make our roads and communities safe” said Ken McNeely, president, AT&T California. “No text, email or social media post is worth a life. AT&T reminds everyone that when you are behind the wheel of a car, It Can – ALL – Wait.”

Created in collaboration with Impact Teen Drivers, the “Create Real Impact: It Can Wait Video Challenge” was inspired by IT CAN WAIT and AT&T’s commitment as a leading provider of highly secure mobile, IP-based solutions, to support first responders and public safety efforts in California and across the country. The challenge was also part of Impact Teen Drivers “Create Real Impact” initiative, which empowers youth to share ideas to drive change.

“Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens, and the summer months are an especially dangerous time for young people on the road” said Dr. Kelly Browning, Ph.D. Executive Director, Impact Teen Drivers. “We congratulate the students who took time out of their summer vacation to help educate their peers about reckless and distracted driving. We applaud AT&T and first responders across California for supporting this educational video challenge.”

More information on the “Create Real Impact: It Can Wait Video Challenge” and more video entries are available for viewing at www.createrealimpact.com.

IT CAN WAIT is a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones—distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.  Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving and inspired more than 15 million pledges to not drive distracted. To learn more, visit ItCanWait.com.

Impact Teen Drivers was created through the collaborative efforts of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, the California Teachers Association, and California Casualty to provide education among teens, parents, and communities about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. For more information about Impact Teen Drivers, visit www.impactteendrivers.org.

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** Education awards provided by Impact Teen Drivers with support from AT&T. Prize restrictions apply. See complete contest rules and guidelines at www.CREATEREALIMPACT.COM.

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