Indiana high school and college students have a choice: Use their smartphones behind the wheel and make a tragic mistake, or engage their social media followers to “Drive Now. TXT L8R.” and earn a $5,000 scholarship.
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Labor, Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police are again partnering to award $5,000 scholarships to students who compose the most creative and viral social media posts on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.
Students may register their public Twitter accounts through April 10 and read contest rules atwww.txtl8r.in.gov. Entries must be posted during April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and use the hashtag #TXTL8RIN.
Keeping one’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road is not just a safe driving practice – it’s the law.Social media posts that are composed while driving will be disqualified.
High school and college entries will be awarded separately, and up to three students may work together on the same social media account. The state will deposit $5,000 into the CollegeChoice 529 savings plans for the winners of five categories:
- Twitter – most tweets/retweets/favorites
- Vine – most likes
- Vine – most creative
- Instagram – most likes
- Instagram – most creative