The Burch, George & Germany law firm has announced an initiative to try to curb texting and driving by presenting a teen safety public service announcement scholarship.
The scholarship is open to students who will be high school seniors or college freshmen in the fall. Applicants must attend a high school or four-year college or university in Oklahoma, attorney Derek Burch said. Parents of eligible students also can apply and win the scholarships for their children.
The first-place winner will receive $1,000, and the second-place winner will receive $500. Judges will give one teen an honorable mention award of an iPad Mini, and one parent will receive an honorable mention award of a “kill switch” phone app. The app shuts down the ability of a telephone to text while the user is driving.
Applicants must send the firm an application form and a 30-second video similar to a public safety announcement educating viewers about the dangers of texting and driving.
“Part of our practice deals with automobile accidents,” Burch said. “We’ve been doing this a long time, but over the years, we’ve noticed that more and more accidents occur specifically when someone is texting. This scholarship is a way for us to raise awareness and do more for our community.”
Judges are looking for clever videos that offer a fresh take on the dangers of texting and driving, Burch said.
The application deadline is Sept. 1.