High School students, we want your videos! 

More Hillsborough County residents and visitors are walking and biking, for work, school, or recreation. It's a great way to reduce pollution and stay healthy, but unsafe use of the roads can have serious consequences. Even one injury or fatality is too many, and we all share in the responsibility to make travel on our roadways safer for everyone.

Peer-to-peer messaging is a proven way to reach teens. The Hillsborough MPO and its partners invite local high school students to create short videos with walk and bike safety messages for their peers. The original videos must be created using a cell phone, mobile device, or video camera and be a maximum of 30 seconds long, and focus on the basic rules of the road, such as crossing at crosswalks, not wearing earbuds or allowing other distractions while walking, biking, or driving, and traveling in the proper direction.

Contest submissions are being accepted by the Hillsborough MPO through February 1, 2016. Eligible videos will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winning video will receive four tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game, compliments of the Columbia Restaurant Group. The winning video will be announced at a February 14th Press Conference. The video will be widely distributed as part of a multi-jurisdictional public safety campaign by the MPO and its partners, which include the School District, FDOT, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, CUTR, and community safety advocates.

Students are encouraged to visit to brush up on traffic laws and safe behaviors for all road users. Free multi-media resources are available through Hillsborough County libraries and County and City recreation centers to assist students with research and video production. Any contest questions can be directed to Gena Torres at the Hillsborough MPO or call her directly at 813/273-3774 x357.

Please visit our
website to view complete contest information and rules on submitting. Or contact Gena Torres at 813/273-3774 x357 or for more information.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization is a transportation policy board comprised of representatives from local governments and transportation agencies focusing on transportation planning and programming decisions that support the mobility needs and economic development of these jurisdictions.



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Media contact information:

Lynn Merenda
Switchboard: 813.272.5940  Direct Dial: 813.273.3774 x342
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