Decide to Drive Poster Contest

(US Only)

Distracted driving injures half a million people each year. These distractions come in many different forms—from eating in the front seat, to texting, or even flipping through a map book while driving. Orthopaedic surgeons are the specialists who put bones and limbs back together after vehicular crashes and traumas, but would rather help drivers of all ages to stay intact and healthy by deciding to drive each time they get behind the wheel. The “Decide to Drive” campaign is a joint effort from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Auto Alliance.

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Create an original poster about the dangers of distracted driving and enter it in this contest. Discuss the things you have learned about the dangers of distracted driving with your parents, older brothers and sisters, your friends and neighbors so that they decide to drive each and every time they get in a car.


The winning entrant will receive a cash stipend of $2,500. Second place will receive $1,000 and third place receiving $500. Theremaining finalists (top 12) also will receive $100.

Poster Contest Rules and Regulations:

• The poster topic should cover the dangers of distracted driving.

• This contest is open to students currently enrolled in fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grades.

• Material(s) submitted must be original work. Participants are not permitted to use any copyrighted materials, artwork, photographs, etc.

Entry Formats:

• Hard-copy entries must be on an 11” H x 17” W sheet of paper. Do not fold the artwork for mailing purposes.

• Digital entry files must be saved on an 11” H x 17” W canvas size at 800 dpi.

Submissions must include the following:

• Hard-copy or digital entry

• Hard-copy or a 3” x 5” digital headshot photo of the entrant at 300 dpi or higher

• 500-word (or less) biography on the entrant

• 500-word (or less) write-up describing the entry

• “Decide to Drive” Poster Contest release form with signature of legal guardian.

Submit completed entries to:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Public Relations Department
ATTN: “Decide to Drive” Poster Contest
6300 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

OR with “Decide to Drive” Poster Contest Entry - [Last name of entrant]” as the subject heading

• All entries must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2011.

• Winning entries will be notified by a representative of the Academy and formally announced during the Academy’s 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., from February 8-11, 2012.

For a complete list of rules and entry form, click here.


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