Contest Winners Announces the Winners of the 2018 SADD Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest

End Distracted Driving ( is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 SADD National Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest. “We’re grateful for the students who submitted videos, memes and GIFs to share important messages about distracted driving,” said Founder Joel Feldman.

The first, second, and third place winners for the video category are as follows:

First Place (Video Category):  John George, Rome Free Academy, Rome, NY – “On My Way”

In John’s video, “On My Way,” a distracted driver’s friend survives and composes a poem to express her grief.

Second Place (Video Category): Meaghan Hutchison, Dothan High School, Dothan AL – “The Road Often Traveled”

In Meaghan’s thought-provoking video, “The Road Often Traveled,” the road is a metaphor for distracted driving.

Third Place (Video Category): Hannah Brumfield, Kasson-Mantorville High School, Kasson, MN – “Break the Circle”

Hannah’s video, “Break the Circle” was inspired by real-life distracted driving accidents that happened in her area. “We wanted to state to everyone to break the circle or chain of distracted driving,” she said, “as friends are often the ones who can make that choice.”

The first, second, and third place winners for the meme/GIF category are the following:

First Place (Meme/GIF Category): Cole Johnson, New Rockford-Sheyenne School, New Rockford, ND – “Yo Girl”

Second Place (Meme/GIF Category): Jake Williams, Rockford-Sheyenne School, New Rockford, ND – “Expanding Brain”

Third Place (Meme/GIF Category): Molli Hurley and Sam Miller, Greensburg Community High School, Greensburg, IN – “Not The Wheels You Wanted”


First Place Middle School (Meme/GIF Category):  Will Vermette, (8th grade), Belmont Ridge Middle School, Landsdowne, VA – “ET Phones Home”

First-Place Elementary School Winner (Meme/GIF Category): Sophia Vermette (5th grade), Newton Lee Elementary School, Ashburn, VA –  “You’re in Big Trouble Mister”

Contest Brief

SADD/American Association for Justice(AAJ)/ Anapol Weiss and “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.







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:

Deborah Hersman
President and CEO of the National Safety Council

Jonathan Adkins
Executive Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association

Julie Kane, Esq.
President of the American Association for Justice

Sol Weiss

Sol Weiss
President at the law firm of Anapol Weiss

Kirtana Choragudi
SADD Student of the year

Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek
Philadelphia Eagles

Nikky Williams

Nikky Williams
Radio, TV, social media personality, Fox and ESPN


Have any questions? Feel free to contact us at any time

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.’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’s bystander intervention e-mail

About the 2018 SADD Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest

“The creativity and dedication to traffic safety seen in these projects was inspiring,” said Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director of GHSA. “We are delighted to be a part of this contest and confident that this peer-to-peer approach will encourage youth to make safe choices behind the wheel.” created the video and meme contest in partnership with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Anapol Weiss.