Contests aim to put the brakes on fatalities


Poster and video contests where Kansas students can win great prizes and learn about traffic safety are back as part of this year’s Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day safety campaign.

In addition, the school, class or booster club of the grand prize-winning students also will receive money as part of the contests’ prizes.

The poster contest is for Kansas students ages 5 to 13 and participating students who submit completed poster entries will be eligible for a random prize drawing of a $100 Amazon gift card. A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5 to 7, ages 8 to 10 and ages 11 to 13) will receive a bicycle from the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) and a helmet from Safe Kids Kansas. Three statewide winners will each receive:

• Kindle Fire Tablet and case from the KTA;

• $50 Amazon gift card from Fuel True/Independent Energy and Convenience;

• Movie passes from AAA Kansas; and

• $200 for the school, class or the booster club.

Posters can now be entered digitally as well as by mail, with the deadline being Friday, Sept. 23. Information and entry forms are available at

Video contest: For Kansas teens in grades 8-12. Prizes from the KTA include a GoPro, a DJI Stabilizer and a DJI Drone, and the grand prize winner’s school, class or booster club will receive $500. Video entries must be submitted to the KTA by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25. Entry details are available at

About 37,000 people die in traffic crashes each year across the United States. That’s nearly 101 fatalities every day. Let’s encourage everyone, including all drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, to exercise caution every day and Put the Brakes on Fatalities.

The Kansas Department of Transportation, KTA and other transportation organizations in Kansas are sponsoring the contests. More information about Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is available at

2021 Poster Contest Winners

• Northeast Kansas – Annika Mick of Manhattan, Emma Kuhlman of Topeka and Kyla Kuhlmann of Olpe;

• North Central Kansas – Hattie Krug of McPherson and Raynee Eddy of Inman;

• Northwest Kansas – Journie Hake of Grainfield, Matthias Miller and Janessa Miller of Gorham;

• Southeast Kansas – Nash Forester of Garland, Antonio Guerrero of Ottawa and Lola Ogden of Fredonia;

• South Central Kansas – Riley Leake of Sterling, Isabelle Kaufman of Kingman and Cade Brown of Andale;

• Southwest Kansas – Wren Berggren of Tribune, Seryiah Munoz of Garden City and Elizabeth Linke of Spearville.

2021 Video Contest Winners

Students from St. John–Hudson Tigers, USD 350, won first place. Two groups of students from Eudora Schools captured second and third place in the video contest.



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