California Students’ Safe Driving Messages Can Pay Off with Fall Create Real Impact Contest

Harnessing the creative power of young people is one of the best tactics in combatting the growing problem of distracted teen driving. That’s the objective of the Create Real Impact contest, which invites students ages 14-22 to submit creative works warning others about bad decisions behind the wheel.

Their efforts can help them win a portion of $15,000 available in the 2019 Fall Create Real Impact contest from Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty.

The contest challenges students to make a difference in the battle to stop unnecessary crashes, the number one killer of teens in the United States. They can submit creative work showcasing solutions to reckless and distracted driving at The entry deadline is October 5, 2019.

Grand prizes of $1,500 will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Video
  • Music
  • Art
  • Creative writing
  • Spanish Language
  • Sports team video

Schools with the most entries will be eligible for a $1,000 prize. There will also be awards for entries receiving the most online votes.

The equation is simple: teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a deadly crash caused by texting, interacting with passengers or just not paying attention while driving, but they are the best messengers to their peers about the dangerous consequences from those distractions.

California has been very active in spreading the safe driving messages. In the Spring Create Real Impact contest, held earlier this year, Village Academy of Film in Pomona and University City High School in San Diego each received $1,000 for submitting the most entries, and Victoria Polintan of American Canyon, Eli Bensen of San Diego, Mica Giaconi of San Diego, and Caleb Buruss of Redding were $200 runner up awardees. You can view their award-winning entries at

The Create Real Impact contest was initiated in 2009 as a proactive solution to the deadly epidemic of inattentive driving by teens. Research shows distraction is a key factor in almost 60 percent of crashes involving drivers ages 16 to 19. Empowering messages convincing other teens to adopt safer driving attitudes and avoid the tragic result of bad choices behind the wheel can save lives.

“I have confidence teens can change the culture of driving to one that is distraction free – much like earlier generations did with seat belts,” said Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director, Impact Teen Drivers. “The Create Real Impact Contest provides an opportunity for teens to lead the conversation by getting involved and stopping the number one killer of people their age.”

Educators know all too well the consequences of crashes involving distracted teens. You can make a difference by encouraging student participation in the Create Real Impact contest.

Students ages 14-22 can enter and find motivation from past winners at The submission deadline for the 2019 Fall Create Real Impact contest is October 5.

Judges will determine the grand prize awards October 5-7, with online voting open October 6-11. Winners will be notified around October 20.

California administrators, instructors and other staff members can bring the powerful and proven Impact Teen Drivers curriculum into their schools by contacting the nonprofit at or visiting the website,