Three Hawaii high schools have won State Farm Hawaii’s first public service video contest for National Teen Driver Safety Week, designated by Congress as the third week in October. Claims statistics show October is the month with the highest percentage of crashes involving teen drivers.
Kapaa High School on Kauai took first place and won $2,000 for its video titled "Intexicated." Kamehameha Schools’ Hawaii campus won second place and $1,000 for "Football and Texting," and Saint Louis School won $500 for its third-place entry, "If Not You, Then Who?" The student-produced videos focus on the issue of texting while driving and can be viewed at YouTube.com.
A recent State Farm-Harris Interactive survey showed that while 70 percent of 14- to-17 year-olds are nervous about being in a crash or hurting someone, 57 percent admit to sending or reading text messages while driving.
Teen driver-related injury or collision claims to State Farm spike by about 15 percent in October, compared with other months of the year. In Hawaii, 12.5 percent of car crashes involving teen drivers occur in October, higher than in other months, according to Carolyn Fujioka, director of public affairs for State Farm Hawaii.
The company has sponsored teen driving safety campaigns at Hawaii schools for the past six years, and the video competition may become an annual event, she said.