Third Place: Eduardo Barreto, age 18, of West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
In my sophomore year of high school, one of my electives turned out to be TV production—even though I never asked for the class. That act of chance changed my entire view on what I wanted to pursue as a career and I fell in love with the world of film. Now after three years in the program, I am the president of the TV production club and I plan to continue my studies in one of the universities in Orlando, Fla.
I believe drivers tend to think that they are the exception to road rules—especially teens. We tend to think we’re invincible and it will never be us who gets hurt or has an accident. But statistics show that teen drivers are the ones most likely to be involved in car accidents. We need to spread the word to keep teens aware about the power they posses when they are behind the wheel, and encourage them to be conscious of the decisions they make.
I have high hopes of becoming an independent filmmaker and being able to share my thoughts and ideas through my films and reach as many people as possible.
I couldn’t have done this PSA without the tremendous help of Daniel Toruno, Brandon Santor, Nikolia Laue, and Emily Socarras. They were there for every stage of the production and made this project one of the most memorable of my high school career. And lastly, thank you to the staff at I Drive Safely who put this competition together. The prize money is an extremely generous donation and we here at West Broward High appreciate it greatly!
This video stresses the dangers of being distracted while driving.
It encourages everyone that gets behind the wheel to make the right decisions and drive safely.