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PennDOT competition invites teens to design safe driving tech

Jamie Martines
| Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 12:24 p.m.

About 15 reportable traffic crashes occur every hour in Pennsylvania. A disproportionate number of those crashes involve teenagers, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation data.

To combat those statistics, the department is launching the first Innovations Challenge, open to high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors this year.

Students should work in teams of up to four to design new technologies or innovative methods that can be used to promote safe driving among teens. The competition encourages students to think beyond the traditional advertising or social media campaigns they might have already seen.

Regional winners will be selected through the department's 11 district offices this winter. They will move on to the statewide competition in the spring.

The department hopes that this will become an annual event.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2018. More information is available on the PennDOT website.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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