DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation Announces the Winner of its D3CA Contest
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 03:19 PM EST
The DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the Don’t Drive Distracted California (D3CA) teen safe driving awareness campaign contest. After an extensive registration period, stage one campaign idea submission phase, public voting process and final submission phase, the winner is Dominique Murray, a senior from El Comino High School. The announcement was made at an award ceremony held yesterday to celebrate the conclusion of D3CA and to honor all ten finalists for their hard work.
Dominique’s campaign “LOL When I Avail” was selected by the D3CA panel of independent judges as the entry that would best raise awareness about the dangers young drivers face when behind the wheel of a car. As the grand prize winner, Dominique was given a choice of either a new car or college scholarship. He chose the scholarship.
“LOL When I Avail” was chosen out of nine other finalist submissions. The campaign will next be produced and distributed by a grant from the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation.
“Dominique’s campaign connects with teens and highlights a real problem: texting and driving,” said Roy Bavaro, Executive Director of the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation. “We can’t wait for people to see this wonderful idea.”
Eight of the ten finalists received a $100 runner up prize. Kevin Casasola of Chaparall High School, the second place finalist, received a $1000 college scholarship.
“All of our finalists presented excellent safe driving campaign ideas,” said Susan Scarola, President of the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation. “They rose to the challenge of D3CA and delivered some truly dynamic campaigns.”
D3CA is a teen safe driving awareness campaign and contest for high school students. Students from across California registered to compete in the competition to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.
The awards ceremony was held at DCH Toyota of Torrance.
Since 2008, DCH Auto Group, in keeping with the company’s core values, has focused its charitable giving, local community involvement and grass roots activism to the cause of teen safe driving. The auto retailer, with 28 car dealerships in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and California, formed the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation to further the company’s message that distracted driving, especially among new and young drivers, is dangerous and potentially deadly.
For more information about the D3CA safe driving awareness contest, please visit www.D3CA.org or contact Roy Bavaro at 732-952-0218.
About DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation
The DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries resulting from teen related auto crashes by promoting safe driving through greater awareness, education and advocacy directed to teens and their parents.