Create Real Impact Contest

Reckless and Distracted Driving is the #1 Killer of Teens in America

Time to get creative and speak out about the #1 killer of young people! Create Real Impact Contest calls on students, ages 14-22, to showcase their solutions and strategies to stop the #1 killer of young people–reckless and distracted driving. Students submit one entry into one of the four categories: creative writing, video, graphic design, or music. We have individual grand-prize winners in each category and four prizes that go to the entrants with the most online votes.

In addition to the individual winners, we have another exciting category for teachers and advisors: a distracted driving social media campaign. This is an opportunity for high school teachers and advisors, to oversee student leaders’ efforts in implementing a social media campaign around distracted driving. Review the rules, fill out the online application, start the planning, and create a short video to showcase your campaign (projects can be developed through distance learning or in-person).

graphic about teen art contest about distracted driving

Spring 2021 Contest Dates:

Contest Opens: Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:00 am PST
Contest Closes: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm PST
Teacher Application Due Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm PST
Winners Announced: April 26-30, 2021



Congratulations to the Fall 2020 Contest Winners:

Grand Prize for Video

Don't Drop The Ball

Andres M

Grand Prize for Graphic Design

No Distraction is Worth Risking Your Life

Mayumi D

Spanish Judges Pick for Video

Create Real Impact- Como Prevenir Manejar con Distracciones

Fiorella L

Spanish Honorable Mention for Video

Informacion Para Padres De Conductores Adolecentes

Belen T

Top Online Vote Getter for Video

Choose Today to Have a Tomorrow

Gaby G

Top Online Vote Getter for Graphic Design

It’s the mindset

Alec B

Grand Prize for Music

Some Things Change

Jessie M

Grand Prize for Writing

A reverse poem of the preventable killer of teens: distracted driving

Erika A

Texts, posts, and emails are worth my life while driving.

You’ll never hear me say

Seatbelts are important.

I also believe

It’s okay to answer a text as long as I look at the road often.

It’s ridiculous to think

I can miss my favorite celebrity’s Instagram Live one time

And that I should wait to drink my bubble tea until I get home

I know

I don’t have a higher risk of dying if I drive with my phone in one hand as long as the other is on the wheel.

So, it’s naive to say

Multitasking is impossible.

I won’t be endangering others if I check Twitter quickly

And it’s untrue when I say

Driving distracted kills 11 teens every day.

Everybody should know that

There’s harm in waiting to do your makeup.

Nobody could convince me that

It’s a choice to drive distracted.

Runner Up for Video

JUST DRIVE! (it's free!)

Guohang(Henry) Z

Spanish Honorable Mention for Graphic Design

Vale la pena?

Alejandra B

Top Online Vote Getter for Music

I Don't

Maxwell R

Top Online Vote Getter for Writing

Anything can happen in a matter of a second

Annaka T

Sobbing. Sobbing. Sobbing. This is not a dream, I repeated in my head. “I wish you were still here” I mumbled to my cousin’s tombstone; as I place her  favorite bag of chips down next to her flowers.I help spell her name with candles in the dirt for her  birthday.   September 2nd, 2011. In a matter of seconds a cloud covers a nice, warm, shiny sun with dark rainy clouds; then you find yourself stuck in a nightmare you can’t wake up from. You open  your eyes to your mom panicking with pain in her eyes, begging  for it all to be some kind of joke and it can’t be true. As a News  channel begins to talk about the evening reports on highways, they describe the incident of a vehicle overturned in a center median…    Everyone hysterically crying not able to understand why something like that could happen in a  blink of an eye. “Why my niece?”  “Why my daughter?” “Why my sister?” “Why my granddaughter?” everyone continues to question in disbelief as it becomes more real.  “Everything will be okay. It will all get better” people say to me, as they  pay their respects at her funeral. Nothing got better because waking up and not having your cousin at your house everyday bonding with you  doesn’t just get easy overnight, weeks, months, even years.   Losing someone to a crash does not get easy. It gets harder than ever. Having to realize you don’t get to hug, talk, nor celebrate  with the person you grew up with and was like a big sister  will NEVER be okay. To realize she will never get the life she  wanted to live all because poor choices were made.   Just as you’re about to take your eyes and concentration off the road  think of the people you have in the car. As you take your hands off  the wheel, think of the consequences. Think of the people in your car.  Think of families you could hurt. Think of you taking another person’s  life. Could you really forgive yourself for taking the people in your car  lives just because you took your concentration off the road? Think of  my aunt who lost her second oldest daughter.  Think of my cousins who  lost their sister, who will not get the chance to meet her nieces.   If you feel the need to argue and take your focus off the road pull over. Look for  the next gas station and talk there. Wait till you get home to talk about the mistake that was made. Think of my cousin’s children and the only way they get to meet their aunt is from memories that are being told or pictures/videos that were taken. Think of my aunt, cousins, and their kids that are going to have to celebrate her birthday  at a cemetery instead of at a family member’s house. Think of my cousin not able to have a family of her own all because the driver was not paying attention to the road.   I don’t mean to sound demanding but when talking about losing a family member to a crash then I am going to be demanding. Pay attention to the road and put  all of your focus into driving. I’m demanding that you talk later.  Maybe then, the death on September 2nd, 2011, would’ve never happened and Itzayana Chaidez would still be here and there would be no tombstone with  her name on it.