End Distracted Driving is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 National Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest! Students from Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) affiliated high schools and middle schools submitted videos up to one minute in length, memes, and GIFs of less than 10 seconds. Eligible submissions focused on one of the following topics: Friends don’t let friends drive distracted, Respectful drivers don’t drive distracted, or Distracted drivers can’t be defensive drivers.
The contest was co-sponsored by SADD and Lear Corporation and included a total of more than $13,000 in prizes. Judging the competition this year were Robert Redden, Vice President of Distribution Strategies and Insurance Learning Services for Selective Insurance, Dawn Timmeney of Fox Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Christie of Lear Corporation. Elizabeth also had thousands of Lear Corporations’ employees view and judge the semi-finalists. Below are the 2020 winners.
First Place (Video): 30 Seconds
Hannah Brumfield, Kasson-Mantorville High School
“Being stuck at home and not able to plan something bigger for my video I thought about what impact I could make using the resources I had. Since I am graduating I had a large file of photos of me growing up and I decided it would really hit home If I incorporated my life story into the video. It takes 30 seconds for someone to make a choice, like looking at their phone, which can completely alter their life. This story of 18 years only takes 30 seconds to end with tragedy. The most powerful moments to me are the clips of me in my cap and gown. In this story the character never gets to experience life after, her fate was set by the choice she made and she will never see what life has to offer her. If it takes 30 seconds for someone to make a destructive decision, I hope they see this video and realize that they can take those 30 seconds to make the right and safe choice so events like this don’t happen.” – Hannah Brumfield
Second Place (Video): Distracted Driving
Grace Boczar, Plymouth High School
“My video was inspired to be all the things you can do distracted, not just driving in cars.” – Grace Boczar
Third Place (Video): Long Lights Are a Driver’s Worst Enemy
Samantha Makishima, Alameda High School
“I as trying to come up with a plot for the video and brought a lot of stuff into the car. Among the stuff were my crochet hook and yarn and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be well remembered if the driver was doing so much weird stuff during a long light?” Halfway through filming that day I decided to sit the car to exaagerate just how long the light was so I ended up sitting in the driveway for and hour and a half waiting for the sun to go down. Perhaps it is not a terribly unique idea but I had a good time filming it. The shots of the street lights were taken in a moving car, but I (cameraman) was not the driver and tried to take care not to distract them(additionally we were not on a busy street).” – Samantha Makishima
Meme Category: Middle School
First Place (Meme, Middle School)
Second Place (Meme, Middle School)
Meme Category: High School
First Place (Meme, High School)
Second Place (Meme, High School)
Third Place (Meme, High School)
Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to all of those who submitted entries!