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Signal Mountain students win $100K with safe driving video

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SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN (WRCB) -

Students at Signal Mountain High School have cashed in on their hard work with a video they hope can be used to saves lives.

A film studies class entered a nation-wide safe driving competition with a grand prize of $100,000, and a challenge to share a message that teen drivers need to hear and parents need to repeat.

The message: Don't be a distracted driver.

"Driving safely, driving 2N2 with two hands on the wheel and two eyes on the road," said junior Thomas Porter.

The reward? $100,000 for the Signal Mountain High School.

"Last 10 minutes of class, got the email, I couldn't keep it a secret, I blurted it out, "we won!" said Film Studies Teacher Matt Doebler, "They didn't believe me! And I had to say it again, finally they believed me."

"We're all extremely proud of ourselves, we're on cloud nine right now," said junior Rachel Dagnan.

Doebler is proud of his students for delivering such a creative public service announcement.

"One of the guys came up with the idea of using a bicycle and putting the camera on the bike and rolling it across to get that shot, it was genius," he said.

But also, because it's a message people need to understand everywhere, students or not.

"Driving distractedly will get you in wrecks, I've been in two myself," Dagnan said.

The project raises awareness in hopes of lowering the number of car crashes, the number one killer of teens.    

"After shooting this, driving 2N2 is so hammered into my brain that its all I remember now when I'm driving," Porter said, "So it helped me and i'm sure it helps others."

For Mr. Doebler's class, this win is just the beginning.

"I can't wait to see what they come up with next, I'm really excited about seeing that," he said.

"We decided our next PSA that we would work on is suicide prevention, because that's another big problem," Porter said.

The prize money will be divided in a few different ways, at least $22,000  must go toward a teen-driving safety program at the school and the rest will be split up between the school's film program and technology needs.

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