AG Racine Announces DC High School Students' Video Contest

Students Encouraged to Enter in DC’s First Social Media Contest Against Impaired Driving on DC’s Roads; Qualifying Videos Will Count Toward Community Service Credit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today launched the first annual “Impaired? – No Time to Drive” student video contest encouraging District high school students to submit brief videos. Eligible submissions will count toward community service credit to graduate and qualify students for valuable prizes.

“When you’re young, getting behind the wheel and driving while or impaired by alcohol or drugs may not seem like a big deal, but it can have life altering consequences – for the student driving and for those on the street who could get hit,” said AG Racine. “With this contest, we’re working with many other city agencies to encourage students to submit short videos speaking directly to their peers about not driving while impaired. We encourage students to get creative and have fun – and they can help make a difference and save lives.”

The Impaired? No Time to Drive contest challenges DC high school students to produce Public Service Announcement videos to help inform their peers about the dangers and consequences of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs put the driver’s life at risk, the lives of others in the car at risk, and the lives of others on the road at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 50 minutes. And, sadly, one in 10 high schoolers drive impaired.

Despite this grim statistic, students can help change that trajectory and earn up to 10 of the required 100 community service hours needed for graduation. Student submissions will also be entered to win Visa gift cards in the process.

All the students must do is a create short 30-60 second PSA video designed to educate their peers about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. Students must research the topic and in a creative matter film a short video educating their peers about the dangers and encouraging their peers not to engage impaired driving behavior.

This contest is now open to all District high school students. Entries can be made as an individual or as a group. However, a student may only submit one video.

There will be a first, second, and third place prize for both the individual and group submission categories. Winning group submissions will split the grand prize among the group. Individual submissions may qualify for prizes including Visa gift cards.

The contest runs from November 14, 2022 through January 13, 2023. The winners will be notified on February 3, 2023.

Click here to learn more about how to enter.

Send contest-related questions to oagstudentcontest@dc.go