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Contest Brief

SADD/Anapol Weiss and EndDD.org “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” 2018 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 their peers 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 high schools and colleges 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.”

The contest has been expanded this year to include elementary and middle school students, who may submit memes or Gifs.


There will be three winners for the video contest and five winners for the meme/GIF contest. Prizes for each are listed below.

High School (9th-12th grade) and College Entries

Video Contest Prizes

    • First Place – $5,000 AND four tickets (three students and one adult) to a 2018 Taylor Swift concert
    • Second Place – $2,500
    • Third Place – $1,000

Meme/GIF Contest Prizes

  • First Place – $2,500 AND four tickets (three students and one adult) to a 2018 Taylor Swift concert
  • Second Place – $1,000
  • Third Place – $500

Middle School Entries

  • One First Place Prize for Middle School-age entries (6th – 8th grade) – $250

Elementary School Entries

  • One First Place Prize for Elementary-age entries (Kindergarten-5th grade) – Amazon gift card for $100

View our 2017 winners


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 so easy to do! Here is how to start a SADD chapter in your school.
  2. Submissions must be original, and not have been entered in any other contest or disseminated publicly before contest winners are announced in April of 2018. Submissions must not contain any copyrighted or protected materials, content or music. See Waiver and Submission Form.
  3. Videos must be less than one minute and memes/GIFs must be 10 seconds or less and must focus on one (or several) of the following themes:
    • Friends don’t let friends drive distracted
    • Caring friends will speak up when driven distracted by others even if it may be uncomfortable to do so
    • It’s not cool to drive distracted
    • Ideas for breaking distracted driving habits
    • 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
  4. Entries will be judged on adherence to requirements, creativity and message.
  5. Submissions must be submitted and applicable forms completed no later than March 9, 2018. Winners will be announced in April 2018 as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month events.
  6. After review of all entries, contest sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to determine whether prizes shall be awarded.


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=”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_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”judgesarea”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”10153″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Dylan Mullins
SADD Student of the year[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]


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The 2018 “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” video and meme/GIF contest is open to all college, high school, middle and elementary school students  from schools with SADD chapters.

SADD Membership

The SADD/Anapol Weiss/EndDD.org “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” video and meme/GIF contest is open to all college, high school, middle and elementary 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.  Entrants will have full rights to use their submissions beginning five(5) days after contest winners are announced. 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 2018 by e-mail to the address used by entrants for their submissions. If winning entrants are under the age of 18, or parents or legal guardians 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 2018 “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 one 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 two videos and /or two 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 9, 2018. 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 2018. 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.

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Waiver and Submission Form

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Past Contest Winners

EndDD.org Announces the Winners of the 2017 SADD Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest

End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 SADD National Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest. The awe-inspiring number of entries and their powerful messages have proven that teens truly have the power to keep their friends safe through caring, speaking up and creating positive peer pressure.

Students from 18 states submitted more than 170 individual entries. Many of the projects submitted were created as a group effort, tallying the number of student participants to more than 500.

“We’re so grateful for all the students who submitted videos, memes and GIFs to share important messages about distracted driving,” said EndDD.org Founder Joel Feldman. “The results have shown not only the outstanding breadth of creativity this generation has to offer, but also the seriousness with which teens take the dangers of distracted driving.”

“Our network at SADD really showed up for this contest and we are so happy to be part of an initiative that can truly change teen driver behavior for good,” said Dawn Teixeira, President and CEO of SADD.

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

$5,000 First Place (Video Category):  Daniel Ortega, ITW David Speer Academy, Chicago, IL, “Think of Others. Don’t Text & Drive”

Inspired by real stories of survivors who drove distracted and got their friends killed.

$2500 Second Place (Video Category): Gunnar Ortlieb, Seymour High School, Seymour, IN –  “Was It Worth It?”

Inspired as a first-year SADD Chapter to find an issue prevalent to the teenage population and specifically to their high school.

$1,000 Third Place (Video Category): Noah Ball and Joshua Earl Barrett, Raymour-Peculiar HS, Peculiar, MO –  “What’s in Front of You.”

Inspired by people who know the victim of a fatal accident and the sadness it brings to those around them.

video contest time left

Enter by March 15th, 2019

Sample video

If we care about others we will speak up when we see them driving distracted. Watch this video produced by a Pennsylvania 9th grade student.