This past January, the City of Gahanna joined forces with Impact Teen Drivers
, to help increase community awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and to share the story of Sydnee Williams
, a Gahanna student who was tragically killed in 2013, after she lost control of her car while texting and driving. In an effort to bring greater awareness to this issue, the City kicked off a decal design contest and workplace education campaign. The campaign caught the attention of Gahanna area State Farm agent, Matt Breakey, who has committed his financial support by making a donation toward the contest grand prize award.
“Distractions in today’s world are abundant, accounting for 80% of all crashes according to NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration],” said Breakey. “State Farm has a long history of commitment to auto and highway safety dating back to the 1920s, and it continues to this day by supporting efforts like the decal contest and programs like Impact Teen Drivers.”
Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Breakey and support of the community for this campaign, the City of Gahanna has extended the deadline for contest submissions until March 1, 2016
. Along with having their design featured on city service vehicles, the winner will have the chance to receive a $200 prize. The City will also award two $25 prizes to runners-up.
"Distracted driving is an issue that impacts everyone and can have very serious, sometimes deadly consequences," said Mayor Tom Kneeland. "We are thankful to our community partners, Mr. Breakey and State Farm for their support in helping us raise greater awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in our community."
Winners of the contest will be announced via the City's social media channels, Twitter
the week of March 11, 2016.
Submissions may be drawn free hand or graphically created images. Designs should fit within a 3 ½ x 5 inch space, either portrait or landscape. Designs may be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org
with "City Decal Contest" in the subject line of the email. Submissions may also be delivered in person or via U.S. mail to:
City of Gahanna - City Hall
Human Resources, 2nd Floor
200 S. Hamilton Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230
For more information, contact the Human Resources department at email@example.com
or Impact Teen Drivers at Hdeane@impactteendrivers.org
to download a copy of the design template, rules and submission guidelines.