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Great Hang Up: Teen wins national video contest

8:11 AM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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Holland, Michigan (WZZM) -- A teenager's message to distracted drivers will soon air in 175 countries.

Ealier this year, Rebecca Rapin and her class entered a contest sponsored by Scholastic, the global book publishing company known for educational materials.

Each student entering the contest was asked to brainstorm an anti-texting and driving public service annoucements for the national Drive2Life campaign.

More than 700 teenagers entered the contest -- but it was Rebecca who took first place.

"I was like, what?" she says. "I forgot even about the project. It wasn't something that I was thinking, 'Okay, I'm going to definitely win this one'."

Rebecca's idea was to show someone driving with items like a map, notepad, video game device, book and boom box -- all functions that can be performed by a modern smartphone.  The PSA would then show someone using a smartphone while driving, which then goes to a white screen before the final message: "Just because it's all in one device doesn't make it any safer."

The 17-year-old will also get a $1,000 prize. The PSA will air in more than 12,000 schools worldwide.

To learn more about driver safety, visit www.nrsf.org.

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