The Take 5 to Stay Alive, Don’t Text & Drive Committee invited Vince Pravato, founding and managing partner at The Law Firm of Wolf & Pravato, to join a panel of judges for the 2nd Annual Take 5 to Stay Alive video contest because of his expertise and commitment to the community.
Take 5 to Stay Alive is a public education campaign designed to bring awareness to a growing safety concern: the risks of texting and driving. The statistics are clear. Each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving refers to driving while doing other activities such as using a cell phone, texting, and even eating. Using in-vehicle technologies such as navigation systems can also be a source of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous.
High school students from across Broward County were asked to produce and submit their best interpretation of the message Take 5 to Stay Alive – Don’t Text & Drive, in a 30 or 60-second public service announcement. Videos can be in a MOV, AVI, Quick-Time or MP4 format.
To engage high school students in creating messages for safe driving, Broward County is partnering with BECON-TV, Broward County Public Schools, Broward Regional EMS Council, Memorial Health Care, American Ambulance, Sunrise Fire Rescue, and Plantation Fire Department to encourage students to compete in the 2nd Annual Anti-Texting While Driving Video Competition.
Judging is based on the quality of the video, message, audio, writing, and overall presentation. Judges will rate each video as: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Average, or Poor. Judges will look for videos that focus on a theme with a clear message that will appeal to a wide audience. Other factors judges will consider are shot steadiness, use of microphone and music for natural sound, resolution, spelling, and use of lighting.
All student videos will be posted on BECON On Demand/Edu-Vision for public viewing. Winners will have their videos broadcast tri-county on BECON-TV; “Red Carpet” award ceremony recognition at a local venue on Thursday, March 19, 2015; School Board and a Broward County Commission recognition on March or April, 2015; and receive prizes.