‘TXT L8R’ contest offers $5,000 scholarships

"TXT L8R" Social Media Contest (Logo Provided/Indiana Department of Labor)
"TXT L8R" Social Media Contest (Logo Provided/Indiana Department of Labor)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Indiana students could earn $5,000 toward their education by putting down their phones while driving.

From now until the end of April, students in high school and college could win a $5,000 scholarship through the “TXT L8R” Social Media Contest.

Five Indiana government agencies have partnered up for the contest and are looking for the most creative and viral posts on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

In 2013, nearly half the offenses for distracted while driving were cited for drivers under the age of 30. INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield said they want this contest to help reduce that number.

“It’s a common problem, but when you combine that with inexperienced drivers, then certainly the risks are even higher,” Wingfield said.

Awards in the competition are separated into five categories:

  • Twitter – most tweets, retweets and favorites
  • Vine – most likes
  • Vine – most creative
  • Instagram – most likes
  • Instagram – most creative

For more information on the contest or how to register, please visit “TXT L8R” Social Media Contest.

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