*Note – This scholarship award ended on January 15, 2020. View the winning Safer Roads Scholarship essay.
The members of the Ward & Ward Law Firm Scholarship Committee would like to extend their thanks to each person who submitted an essay for the Safer Roads Scholarship―providing their thoughts and time to the subject matter. Each applicant’s essay brought a unique perspective to the problems associated with distracted driving. It is our sincere hope that every participating student will pass the lessons taken from this experience onto their family members, acquaintances, and friends, saving lives and sparing the friends and families of injured and deceased victims from the heartaches caused by distracted driving behaviors.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that nine people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle accidents caused by a distracted driver. Texting while driving is a key factor–unnecessary and avoidable–that causes the majority of distracted driving wrongful deaths. The National Institute of Health (NIH) found that of 101,000 plus teenagers surveyed, nearly 40 percent had texted or sent an e-mail while driving at least once in the past 30 days; the older the driver, the more likely he or she was to text while driving.
Respond to the following in an essay of 750 words or less:
You have a close friend who routinely drives distracted—posting, texting, emailing from his or her smartwatch or cell phone. Make a persuasive argument to your friend that may put an end to their distracted driving habits before an auto accident with serious bodily injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent child or adult occurs.
Award Announcement: February 2020
Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020
All application materials must be submitted by this date.