Scholarships Offered to Help Prevent Texting and Driving

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): State organizations are joining together to offer scholarships to Indiana students and help prevent texting and driving. The BMV, state Criminal Justice Institute, Department of Labor, Transportation, and State Police have partnered to award $5,000 scholarships to students who make the most creative and viral social media posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Instead of making a tragic mistake behind the wheel, Indiana high school and college students are being encouraged to put their smartphones to good use by urging others to “Drive Now. TXT L8R”. Students can register their Twitter and use the #TXTL8RIN. Contest rules are available at Entries must be posted during April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and use the hashtag #TXTL8RIN.

High school and college entries will be awarded separately, and up to three students may work together on the same social media account. The state will deposit $5,000 into the 529 college savings plans for the winners of five categories:

    Twitter – most tweets, retweets and favorites
    Vine – most likes
    Vine – most creative
    Instagram – most likes
    Instagram – most creative