NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 3, 2011) — Bridgestone Americas has selected three college students as winners for their video submissions in the Bridgestone Americas Safety Scholars Contest.
Amber Cullen of Akron won the $10,000 grand prize for her video, “The Phone Bandit,” which takes a humorous approach to the issue of texting behind the wheel—with a “super hero” running through the streets stopping people from texting while they're driving.
Robert Mai of Newport Beach, Calif., and Matthew Robertson of Everett, Wash., won second and third place, respectively, for their videos, with each receiving $5,000.
The three winning videos beat out nearly 1,500 entries from 16-21-year-olds across the U.S. and Canada and were among10 finalists who received the most votes from the public, according to the Nashville-based tire maker. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast on the Safety Scholars website to determine the winning videos.
“This year's winning videos prove that young drivers are passionate about teen driver safety,” said Angela Patterson Sikes, digital media coordinator, community and corporate relations, Bridgestone Americas.
“These videos contain compelling messages that speak directly to the dangerous distractions young drivers face. Sharing these messages with both new and experienced drivers and motorists will help make the roads safer for everyone.”
In addition to receiving a college scholarship and a free set of Bridgestone-brand tires, the three winners have the chance to have their videos broadcast as public service announcements on television stations across the U.S, the company said.