(WFXR) — In order to promote safe driving and protect teens on the road, Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) is holding a jingle contest for the holiday season. However, time is running out to cast your vote for the southwest Virginia students who made it to the final round of the contest.
According to data shared by YOVASO, 64 teens were killed — 63 percent of whom were not wearing seatbelts — and 6,288 teens were injured last year in crashes in Virginia.
Officials say the top causes for fatal crashes involving teen drivers are speed, running off the road, alcohol-related, and inattention/distractions.
As 2021 comes to a close, YOVASO wants to engage and educate teens to make them safer drivers rather than another statistic.
One way YOVASO is getting teens involved is through the 2021 Jingle Your Way to a Safe Holiday Contest.
According to YOVASO, there are six finalists in the 2021 Jingle Your Way to a Safe Holiday Contest:
- Susannah Allen from Liberty High School (Bedford County)
- Jack Sebring from Poquoson High School (Poquoson City)
- Matthew Allen from Patrick County High School (Patrick County)
- Ty Poindexter from Jefferson Forest High School (Bedford County)
- Allison Blumenfeld from Liberty High School (Bedford County)
- Albemarle High School (Albemarle County)
“All of the entries we received were amazing and we can’t thank our students, schools, and youth groups enough for working so hard to encourage students to drive safely and celebrate responsibly this holiday season!” said Casey Taylor, program development coordinator for YOVASO at Virginia State Police.
You have until midnight on Thursday, Dec. 16 to cast your vote online in the YOVASO holiday jingle contest. The contest winner will then be announced on Friday, Dec. 17.