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Students Share Winning Traffic Safety Messages

Grand-prize poster winner Jing Ren, second from left, with Beebe School interim principal Barbara O’Brien, art teacher Andrea Pellegrino and assistant principal Kevin Kilbride.

More than 3,000 students did their part to help protect cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers through AAA Northeast’s 2018 Traffic Safety Poster and Video Contest.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island submitted entries. Their creations touched on pedestrian, bicycle and school bus safety, distracted driving, child passenger safety and teen driver safety.

Eighth-grader Jing Ren, of Malden, Mass., was the grand-prize poster winner. Her submission highlighted the dangers of distracted walking. Twelfth-grader Grace Dempsey, of West Nyack, N.Y., and eleventh grader Kaitlyn Ahle, of New City, N.Y., won the grand prize in the video category for a vignette examining the dangers of drunken driving.

Each winner received $1,000.

First-, second- and third-place poster submissions were also chosen in each grade category (K-4, 5-8 and 9-12). First-prize winners took home $300; second-prize winners $200; and third-prize winners $100.

“Traffic safety is something you have to live every day,” said Diana Imondi, manager of traffic safety programs for AAA Northeast. “It’s incredibly exciting to see that so many children and teenagers in the Northeast have not only adopted but are promoting sound safety practices. The earlier someone learns how to be safe on our roadways, the more likely they are to develop valuable lifelong habits.”

To view the winning entries, and those from other top place finishers, visit AAA.com/TrafficSafetyMatters. 

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