NORTH BRUNSWICK – Auto crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers. In fact, each week a teenager in New Jersey dies in a motor vehicle crash.
That’s why the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is hosting its second annual “U Got Brains Champion Schools Program” for the 2011-2012 academic year. This week also marks National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 17-23).
The program, funded by the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety, challenges New Jersey high school students and faculty to create unique projects aimed at educating teens about the importance of safe driving.
Last year, 19 high schools throughout the state developed teen driving safety programs in a fun, interactive and competitive contest, where two grand prize winners – Holmdel High School and Lenape Regional High School District – won driving simulators for their schools.
“In New Jersey, a teen crashes every 10 minutes. Our goal is to educate youth about the importance of safe driving and the consequences of brain injury,” said Barbara Geiger-Parker, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey. “We recognize that if teens are part of the problem, then teens need to part of the solution.”
Each participating school must develop its own project based on a topic related to teen driving safety. The top schools will be awarded a driving simulator for their school.
The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is looking for creative and cutting edge projects that will make an impact on new drivers. Schools are permitted to utilize social media, videos, blogs, traditional media and other platforms to help spread the message.
For more information, visit www.UGotBrains.com. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 30.