Online Voting Now Open in Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest

    Online Voting Now Open in Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest

Public voting will determine the top three finalists who compete for $35,000
in scholarships

PR Newswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Online voting to select the
top three finalists in the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest has
officially begun. The three finalists with the most votes are eligible to win
$35,000 in scholarships and the chance to have his or her video aired as a
public service announcement (PSA) on television stations nationwide.

The annual contest, sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, asks teenagers to
create short films on the importance of safe driving. Online voting, taking
place at, is open through July 31. From musical
interpretations to simple messages with major impacts, all ten videos remind
viewers to drive smart.

The public will decide the final three entrants, who will then compete for the
top prize. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite video on the website
once a day throughout the voting period. The winners will each receive college
scholarships: first place receives $20,000; second place receives $10,000 and
third place receives $5,000. Ranking of the three finalists will be decided by
a panel of judges.

Judges selected the top 10 most compelling videos submitted by 16- to
21-year-olds across the United States. Selections were made based on how well
the videos persuade viewers to be more safety-conscious drivers, as well as
how effectively and creatively the message was communicated.

"Bridgestone's Teens Drive Smart program continues its commitment to equipping
young drivers in making smarter decisions behind the wheel, and we are excited
so many teens have joined us in this initiative. The creativity and talent of
young drivers across the country in bringing distracted driving issues to the
forefront through our video contest is inspiring," said Leslie Wilhite,
Communications Manager, Teens Drive Smart. "Our third annual Teens Drive Smart
survey revealed that teens say texting and driving is more dangerous than
skydiving, yet young drivers are 50 times more likely to text and drive than
skydive. So the video contest provides an effective platform for teens to
educate one another on the perils of distracted driving and for us to continue
affecting change in communities where we do business."

In addition to receiving college scholarships, the three finalists will also
be eligible to have their video used as a PSA on television stations across
the United States.

To vote for one of the finalist videos, learn about the results of the Teens
Drive Smart survey or for more information about the contest (including
official rules), visit

The Video Contest is part of the Teens Drive Smart Program, which includes the
Driving Experience. The Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is a free
half-day clinic that equips teens with knowledge and skills to make better
decisions behind the wheel. The program features a safe, hands-on driving
introduction for teens in a controlled environment. At the Driving Experience,
teens are introduced to various driving maneuvers, shown the effects of
distracted driving, and taught ways to help keep their vehicle running at peak
performance. There are six stops remaining on the Teens Drive Smart Driving
Experience tour. Young drivers can sign up to participate in the Teens Drive
Smart Driving Experience at

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S.
subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber
company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide
range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs
of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial
vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural,
forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading
operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing
materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies
also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service
centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated
to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it
calls home.

SOURCE Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

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