Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Contests provide creative, educational opportunities for students

Contests sponsored by the Kansas DOT, the Kansas Turnpike and other transportation-safety organizations across the state

Each year, vehicular crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is a national safety campaign that was created to raise safety awareness and end vehicle-related deaths. The official day is Oct. 10 every year. This national safety campaign was started in 2001 by Larry Emig, former KDOT Chief of Local Projects. His ultimate dream is a day with no fatalities.

KDOT and numerous other traffic safety organizations work together to raise awareness as part of this effort. In addition to the 20-day safety blog series and statewide news conference, two contests are now open for students to enter creative works and spread the word:

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Poster Contest
Kansas kids ages 5 through 13 are invited to enter artwork representing their thoughts on “Put the Brakes on Fatalities.” Regional winners in the three age categories will be chosen. Then, three statewide winners will be selected from the 18 regional winners!”

ForContest Rules, Prizes and Entry Form CLICK HERE
Entries Due: September 23

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Video Contest
Kansas teens grades 8-12 are welcome to enter a 6-60 second video highlighting the importance of ending traffic-related fatalities. Participants are encouraged to be creative, but safe while filming.

Entries Due: September 25


  1. We submitted a video last year and it was pretty good. I wish they could divide the schools in 2 categories, small and big. We are about 300 students and it's tough to compete against big schools that have bigger production classes. Columbus USD 493

    1. Justin,
      Thank you for your reply! I have forwarded your concern to the Kansas Turnpike. They are responsible for the video contest. We look forward to all entries and we hope you enter again this year!

    2. Justin,

      Thanks for the suggestion. We certainly appreciate input from the schools. While this year's contest structure is already set, we will consider your recommendation for next year.

      Jeri Biehler, KTA Communication Manager

  2. We hope lots of kids enter the poster and video contests!