Safe Communities Wellington County has launched a video contest to help stop distracted driving. – Dreamstime

Safe Communities Wellington County has launched a campaign to encourage drivers to put the phone away when they’re behind the wheel.

The organization has launched its Distracted Driving Video Contest. The contest is open to county residents under the age of 19, and will see participants create and submit a video of up to a minute long that explains what distracted driving means to them.

“Teens and young adults need to realize they are at a higher risk of getting into an accident, because they are new and inexperienced drivers,” states Christine Veit, program co-ordinator of Safe Communities Wellington County, in a news release announcing the contest.

According to the organization’s release, while those under the age of 19 make up 12 per cent of licensed drivers, they account for about one fifth of all road-related injuries and fatalities.

“These are serious issues, which need attention and no distractions,” the release adds.

“Your parents play a vital role in helping you take intelligent steps to stay safe on the road, but ultimately it’s up to you to make the right decisions behind the wheel or when you enter a vehicle as a passenger.”

For more information on the contest or to submit a video, visit wellington.safecommunities.parachutecanada.org/documents.

Source: GuelphMercuryTribune.com