ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five finalists have been chosen, and now it’s the public’s turn to pick the best teen-produced ad about the dangers of distracted driving.

More than 90 Minnesota teens produced 30-second ads for the contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AAA.

The winner will receive $1,000, and his or her ad will be broadcast during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August. There are also cash prizes for second and third place.

DPS officials say this is a good time to remind kids about the dangers of distracted driving. Officials say parents should set rules and limitations for teen drivers, including limits on nighttime driving and the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle.

The public has until May 24 to vote at this website.

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Comments (7)
  1. Doug Turner says:

    Wow – distracted driver ads and not one of a … senior. I mean really this is an attack on the young, overly simplified. moronic gov attempt to pretend once again that they are doing something…..

    Really – if its good for the goose it good for everyone. Why just “teens”? Because they cant vote….

    1. clvgb says:

      “The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA) ”

      That’s why.

  2. Work from home and generate revenue says:

    Thanks for sharing information. its really very good creativity distracted driving..

  3. fitswell says:

    no because teens are dumb. MORONS

  4. Rep. Michele Bachmann says:

    It does not matter, ban cell phones period in a cars, trucks, and semis. That will put an end to this. They do not belong there as your job is to drive safely and be alert.

  5. Skip says:

    clvgb is correct. There are a great number of young kids that have accidents. You, Doug Turner, are also are correct in implying that not only young drivers have accidents or are distracted. The fact of the matter is that it is far easier to start good habits than it is to break bad ones. …and for once I agree with Michele Bachmann. When you are driving that is your sole job; Driving! There are a whole slew of things that happen when you are driving both inside and outside your vehicle; you have to be vigilant.

  6. Cygel White says:

    DriveReply™ for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android was designed to combat cell phone usage behind the wheel. It features customizable auto-replies and utilizes GPS technology to detect when your vehicle is in motion. It is feature rich and easy to use. Some of the features include personalization, customization of replies, cyber bullying protection with a no-reply list, and enhanced convenience and security with a unique My Drive 5 — ringing a unique tone, if any of your significant persons try to reach you at a time when you should be focused on the road. Learn more at the website (
    Tips for curbing or better yet, eliminating, TWD —
    Try storing your phone in the glove department and keep it on silent mode or simply turn it off while you are driving.
    If you must check your phone, first pull over to the side of the road and stop your car.
    If you know a friend is driving, try to help them out by resisting the urge to text or call them.

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