WASHINGTON, D.C., November 4, 2011 – GEICO is calling on students to show their creativity to promote the importance of safe driving by entering its 2011-2012 Safety Poster and Video Contest. GEICO, for the 25th year, invites students in grades 1-12 from across the country to create hand-drawn or computer-generated posters that encourage safe driving situations. Students between the ages of 14-18 can also submit videos that capture the importance of vehicle safety. Videos can be in the format of sketch comedy, music video, song performance, documentary, reality show or animation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal traffic accidents as all other drivers. Driving behaviors such as not wearing a seat belt, distracted driving (talking and texting on a cell phone) and inexperience behind the wheel are the major contributors to teen-related crashes. Safety belts saves lives, say traffic and highway studies for all drivers and passengers.
Students can choose among three different safety themes:
• The importance of wearing safety belts
• No texting while driving
• Staying focused to prevent distracted driving
This year’s contest will feature 25 National Winners. Each winner will receive a $250 cash prize. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2012. For more information on the contest rules, please visit www.geicosafetycontest.com.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 11 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.