GOOD NEWS: PSA videos win high school students funds from TxDOT

Several area schools recently created public service announcement videos centering on traffic safety topics such as distracted driving, driving while impaired and speeding.
The winners were invited to an award ceremony Wednesday at the Odessa District headquarters.
1st Place – Monahans High School with an award of $1,500.
2nd Place – Fort Stockton High School with an award of $1,250.
3rd Place – Andrews High School with an award of $1,000.
Five district schools participated this year and the other two did receive a mini-grant of $600 for participating in the contest. The schools will use this money to help with efforts and costs associated with Project Graduation or prom night.
Each event must be an all-night lock-in so students do not participate in teen impaired driving and texting and driving. The judges were Amy Hall, Bad Lydia Fuentes, Elaine Munoz and DPS Trooper Oscar Villarreal.
The schools did the PSA with any of the traffic safety elements or a combination of teen impaired driving, texting while driving, seat belt use or motorcycle awareness. TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Robert Martinez coordinated the event.