AAA, Naperville Police Department Announce Winner of Teen Driving Safety Video Contest

Winning entry can be seen online or at local movie theaters during winter break

AAA Chicago and the Naperville Police Department are pleased to announce the winner of this fall’s teen distracted driving video contest.

Megan Kosak, a senior at Neuqua Valley High School, is the first-place winner of the contest and will receive a $750 scholarship from the Naperville Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42.

Megan’s video features two common types of distractions – other teen passengers and cell phones – and encourages teens to “Speak up, say something for your safety.” It is available for viewing online and is being shown at Naperville-area movie theaters during winter break.

“Winning this contest is special to me because the topic of Teen Driver Safety is one that impacts my generation greatly,” said Megan. “Also, being able to have the video shown in Naperville can help spread even more awareness with people directly in my community.

“As a senior who has been taking media classes at Neuqua Valley High School since freshman year, I’m proud to also represent the school’s media department and I also want to thank Mr. Gelsomino, Ms. Traut, and Mr. Schaub for their guidance over these past several years,” said Megan. “As I look forward to continuing my education in film studies at the University of Alabama, I’m proud to be able to include AAA and the Naperville Police Department as part of my early projects.”

The second-place winner, Ryan Leshock, is also a Neuqua Valley High School student and will receive a $250 scholarship from the Naperville Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42.

The Naperville Police Department and AAA Chicago remind all motorists to avoid distractions while behind the wheel.

“It is incumbent upon all of us – police, parents, teens and every other driver in this community – to both practice and spread the message about safe driving,” said Police Chief Robert Marshall. “We were proud to partner with AAA Chicago and our Naperville high schools on this contest, and we were extremely pleased by the thoughtful and high-quality videos that were submitted by local teens for consideration.”

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