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Photo illustration of texting and driving in Elkhart on Friday, June 29, 2012. (Evey Wilson)
College, high school students invited to raise awareness for distracted driving's dangers
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:54 p.m.

Indiana high school and college students are being encouraged to speak out against texting and driving through a contest for scholarship money.

Students can win $5,000 by making creative Twitter, Instagram and and Vine posts about the dangers of distracted driving. The posts must be made in April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, using handheld devices like cell phones while driving isn't just hazardous – it's against the law. In 2013, the majority of citations and warnings issued for text messaging while driving have been given to motorists under 30, the release said.

The contest entries will be scored for the amount of interaction they garner, as well as their creativity. The Indiana State Police website said winners will fall into these categories:

  • Twitter (most tweets, retweets and favorites)
  • Vine (most likes)
  • Vine (most creative)
  • Instagram (most likes)
  • Instagram (most creative)

Up to three people can enter as a team, the Indiana State Police website said. Each member of a winning team will win $5,000, Indiana State Police said. Here are the rest of the contest's rules.

As if this weren't obvious, the Indiana State Police said any post made while driving will be disqualified.

Check out the quiz below for more information on the dangers of distracted driving.