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Contest Brief

SADD/American Association for Justice(AAJ)/ Anapol Weiss and EndDD.org “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” Video and Meme/GIF Contest

Teens have the power to influence other teens in many positive ways, including safe driving. Distracted driving is now believed to be involved in more than 50% of serious teen crashes. So what can teens do to keep themselves and other teens safe from distracted driving crashes? Teens can take their energy, enthusiasm and imagination to create life-saving messages that will resonate with other teens to make distracted driving socially unacceptable.

Students from SADD- affiliated schools are eligible to submit videos up to 1 minute in length, or memes/GIFS(less than 10 seconds) that focus on the theme “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted.”

See Video and Meme/GIF Requirements for specifics


Prizes range from $5000 (first place), $2500 (second place) and $1000 (third place) and there will be 3 prize winners for videos and 3 separate prize winners for memes. Each first place winner will also receive four tickets (per winning group) to the 2017 concert of their choice, including acts like Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ariana Grande and more – compliments of RD Music.

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Rules and Regulations

  1. Students from Schools with SADD chapters are eligible to participate. If your school does not have a SADD chapter start one! It’s easy to do so. Here is how to start a SADD chapter in your school.
  2. Submissions must be original and not contain any copyrighted or protected materials, content or music. See Waiver and Submission Form.
  3. Videos must be less than 1 minute in length. See Video and Meme/GIF Requirements.
  4. Videos and memes/GIFs must focus on one (or several) of the following themes:
    • Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted.
    • Caring friends will speak up even if it may be uncomfortable to do so
    • It’s not cool to drive distracted
    • Distracted driving is selfish, disrespectful, and inconsiderate
    • Even though our parents drive distracted, we won’t
    • Big brothers and sisters must model distraction-free driving for their younger siblings
    • Distracted drivers can’t be defensive drivers
  5. Entries will be judged on adherence to requirements, creativity and message.
  6. Submissions must be completed with applicable Forms no later than March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced April 14th as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month events.


Judges will include:[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner el_class=”judgesarea”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9643″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Deborah Hersman
President and CEO of the National Safety Council[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9642″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Jonathan Adkins
Executive Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9641″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Julie Kane, Esq.
President of the American Association for Justice[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”judgesarea”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9672″ img_size=”60×60″][vc_column_text]Sol Weiss
President at the law firm of Anapol Weiss[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9698″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Kirtana Choragudi
SADD Student of the year[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9715″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Brent Celek
Philadelphia Eagles[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”judgesarea”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”9735″ img_size=”60×60″][vc_column_text]Nikky Williams
Radio, TV, social media personality, Fox and ESPN [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]


Have any questions? Feel free to contact us at any time
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The 2017 “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” video and meme/GIF contest is open to all middle school and high school students from schools with SADD chapters.

SADD Membership

The SADD/AAJ/Anapol Weiss/EndDD.org “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” video and meme/GIF contest is open to all middle school and high school students from schools with SADD chapters. If your school does not have a SADD chapter start one! It’s easy to do, doesn’t cost anything and is a great addition to any school. Click here to learn how to form a SADD chapter in your high school and middle school.

Ownership of Submitted Videos and Memes/GIFs and Rights for Future Use by Contest Sponsors

By submitting videos and /or memes/GIFs entrants unconditionally and irrevocably assign all rights and ownership, including copyrights, existing now or which may accrue in the future, to the contest sponsors and agree that contest sponsors may use the videos and memes/GIFs without limitation and in any fashion that sponsors choose, including but not limited to websites, in social media, educational presentations locally and nationally, promotional materials or for any other purpose and use desired by contest sponsors. Entrants also agree that contest sponsors, or their designees, may without limitation(,) edit, or modify the video or meme/GIF, including the title of same and advertise or publish the video or meme/GIF without entrant(s)’ approval and for no additional compensation beyond contest prizes.  Contest sponsors will provide attribution to entrants in a manner of their choosing in the event of their use.

Notification of Winners and Payment of Prizes

Winners will be notified in April 2017 by e-mail to the e-mail used by entrants for their submissions. Winners, or parents or legal guardians, if entrants are under the age of 18, will be asked to execute final releases before payment of prizes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”requirements-tab” el_class=”tabcontent”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Video and Meme Requirements

The 2017 “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” video and meme/GIF requirements.

Originality of Submissions and Prohibition of Using Protected Materials or Music
By submitting videos and/or memes/GIFs entrants are representing that the submission is original and their own work-product, that none of the content, including music, is copyrighted and that content does not violate YouTube standards (http://www.youtube. com/t/community_guidelines and http://www.youtube.com/t/terms).

Approval of Actors: By submitting a video or meme/GIF entrants agree that all actors, or persons represented in the video or meme, did provide their agreement to participate, and  have provided their agreement for future use of their photograph, or likeness, by contest sponsors.

Technical Requirements

Videos must have a 640 x 480 resolution suitable for large screen projection. Videos not achieving suitable resolution may be disqualified.

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Technical Requirements

Individual or Team Submissions
Submissions may be made by individual students or as part of a team from schools with SADD chapters. Only 1 prize will be awarded for each winning submission no matter the number of team members. It is the responsibility of those submitting videos or memes/GIFs to designate at the time of submission the appropriate person or persons to whom payment should be made in the event the submission wins one of the contest prizes. Individuals or teams may submit a video and/or a meme/GIF and schools may have multiple submissions. No team or individual may submit more than 2 videos and /or 2 memes/GIFs.

Submission of videos or memes/GIFs 
A link to the final video that is on YouTube must be submitted to [email protected] no later than March 31, 2017. Memes/GIFs must be sent as attachments to [email protected].  Submissions without executed forms will not be considered. Entrants may send a separate e-mail to [email protected] to confirm receipt of their entries. No entries may be posted with public access until five(5) days after contest winners are announced. Contest sponsors shall have the exclusive right to post and disseminate videos and memes for the first five(5) days after contest winners are announced. Thereafter entrants may publicly post videos and memes/GIFs.

The winners of the contest will be announced in April of 2017. When posting videos to YouTube entrants must choose the “unlisted setting.”  No video or meme/GIF which was posted with public access or otherwise disseminated before five(5) days following announcement of contest winners are announced will be eligible for consideration and if videos or memes/GIFs are determined to have been posted in violation of these rules the entry may be disqualified.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”bystanderintervention-tab” el_class=”tabcontent”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Bystander Intervention

Friend’s don’t let friends drive distracted

Just the way you would speak up if a friend tried to drive drunk you can speak up if your friends try to drive distracted. Since more teens will be killed or injured in distracted driving crashes than drunk driving crashes, shouldn’t we speak up when others drive distracted?  We all have a right to be driven by drivers who are focused on the road and not on their phones.

Tell your friends you don’t want them to drive distracted and you have a really good chance of changing their driving. Don’t assume they will be mad because you are criticizing their driving  In a recent study 90% of teens said they would stop driving distracted if a friend asked them to, and nearly half said they would be grateful if a friend asked them not to drive distracted.

EndDD.org’s distracted driving bystander intervention is composed of 3 separate  steps:

1. Acknowledge the dangerous behavior in a factual non-emotional manner if you can

  • “I see that you are having trouble staying in your lane while texting”
  • “I  see you are steering with your knees because your hands are full”


2. Voice your Feelings using “I” statements avoiding being accusatory (“your driving is …”)

  • “I am a little nervous when you text”
  • “It scares me when the car goes over the center line”


3. Solve the problem by offering a solution-sharing responsibility with driver

  • “Let me send that text for you”
  •  “I can answer the phone”
  • “We are not in a hurry-pull over so you can use your hands to eat”

By speaking up we have the power to save lives.

For more information about EndDD.org’s bystander intervention e-mail [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”form-tab” el_class=”tabcontent”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Waiver and Submission Form

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