Montoursville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PennDOT’s Regional Driver Safety Task Force recently invited high school students to showcase their artistic talents by entering a Winter Maintenance Poster Contest, aimed at promoting safe winter driving in the region.
High Schools from Union, Snyder and Bradford County were invited to participate. Students were instructed to incorporate the theme of “Know Before You Go” into their original art which encourages motorist to check weather and road conditions on 511PA.com before heading out this winter. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
PennDOT District 3 Executive Sandra Tosca presented a certificate of appreciation to this year’s winner, Canton Jr/Sr High School seventh grade student Cohen Landis. Cohen’s poster incorporated a snow-covered roadway with a red pick-up truck seemingly losing control on a curve.
After receiving his award, Cohen noted “I am very honored to have won this contest. Having a fun hands-on activity was a great way to show what we learned in class”, referring to a classroom discussion on careers.
Canton Jr/Sr High School teacher Maureen Martz encouraged her student to participate in the contest. “I choose to do this project because I am very interested in getting my students exposure to things going on in their community” Martz commented.
A six foot by three-foot banner of the winning design was featured during the awards ceremony and will remain on display at the Bradford County Maintenance Office in Towanda as well as in the school.
According to preliminary 2017-2018 PennDOT data, there were 12,439 total winter weather crashes last winter resulting in 45 fatalities and 4,951 injuries. Three of the fatalities and 40 of the injuries occurred in Bradford County.
The Winter Maintenance Poster Contest will be held again next year, and organizers expect to invite high school students from all nine counties in the district to participate.
For more information on winter driving, visit penndot.gov/safety and join the conversation on social media using #PAWinter.
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