TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Tucson Police Department partnered with high school students from Pima County to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving to the community.
TPD challenged the high school students to create their own PSA video on either impaired driving, jaywalking or distracted driving.
The goal behind the challenge- to make the streets of Tucson a safer place.
TPD hoped that as the students brainstormed together, that awareness would integrate into their own driving. Sgt. Pete Dugan with TPD said many of the accidents he sees are from newer drivers.
The students had two months to complete their videos, due March 31.
At that point, TPD took the 15 or so videos they received and asked various officials to help judge and select the winners.
Three winners were selected Tuesday, May 14 at the final award ceremony.
Tanque Verde and Palo Verde tied for first place and the third winner was also from Tanque Verde, although a different video produced from another group of students. All students received gift bags for their involvement.
AT&T, known for their “It Can Wait" campaign against distracted driving, caught word and came with their own gift bags and gift cards to support the work of the students.
Dugan said it was a great chance for the police department to work together with the high schools and the community. They hope to keep this as a tradition.