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Elyria high school student wins first place in teen driver safety billboard contest

Posted at 11:45 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 11:45:33-05

LORAIN, Ohio — An Elyria High School student won first place for his design in the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest hosted by State Farm and the Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition.

Caden received a $500 gift card for his work titled “Your Last Notification,” which will be displayed on four billboards across the county this winter. His teacher, Carey Dargo, also received a $250 prize for classroom improvements.

Caden was among others students from Lorain, Midview and Wellington who participated in the contest.

Judges assessed the artwork based on creativity, originality and how well the billboard told the story of distracted driving among teens.

Two additional entries tied for runner-up in the contest.

“Texting and Driving” by Victoria and Shiann from Amherst tied for runner-up in the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.

“Think… is it Really Worth a Life?” by Andrew from Sheffield Village tied for runner-up in the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest.

According to Lorain County Public Health, there were 342 documented traffic crashes that involved a distracted driver.