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Lakeland Regional’s Trauma Team Presents “Safe Prom” Video Contest for High Schools

Tuesday, February 5 2013

According to AAA Be Safe and Buckle Up, more than one-third of youth under the age of 21 who are killed in alcohol-related fatalities died during the months of April, May, and June – prom season. During the typical prom weekend, 46 percent of traffic deaths among 15-20 year-olds are alcohol-related. Of those alcohol-related fatalities, 69 percent involve a 15-20 year-old driver with alcohol in his/her system.

 Everyone wants prom night to be memorable, full of fun and excitement – celebrating the end of high school and the beginning of adulthood. Unfortunately for many high school seniors, one bad decision can turn a memorable prom night into the worst nightmare of their lives.

The Lakeland Regional Medical Center Trauma Department presents “Safe Prom” – a program intended to target all students who attend any Polk County high school.

What your school needs to do to participate: Create a 1-3 minute video detailing what a safe prom means to you and your peers. This video should include topics like no drinking and driving, no prescription drug consumption on prom night and no distracted driving.

The trauma department has set the following criteria/rules for video submissions. Please be sure to go over these with students to ensure compliance and avoid disqualification. Failure to comply with the guidelines below could result in a disqualification of the video.

  • Only Polk County high school students are eligible to submit videos for the contest.
  • Videos must incorporate creative and original ideas. Depictions of cartoon, video game, and movie/television characters; celebrities; movie themes does not constitute creativity and originality.
  • Videos must deliver a clear and positive message about being alcohol, prescription drug and distracted free while driving .
  • Videos must be free of copyrighted materials and may not use brand names or logos. Copyrighted music cannot be used. Choose music in the public domain or your own original composition.
  • Videos should not contain profane language, violence, sex, or personal attacks on people or organizations.
  • Students may work within a group of high school students to create a video.
  • Videos submitted without an entry and release form will not be judged.
  • Video submission deadline is Friday, April 12, 2013. Entry and release forms must be received by April 12, 2013, as well.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning high schools as follows:

1st place- $1,000

2nd place- $500

3rd place- $250

4th and 5th place- $125 each

It is our hope that the prize money will support the schools and their TV/Video production programs.

After the contest closes, videos will be judged to see if they present accurate information and comply with the requirements of the contest.  Videos will be rated by a panel of three judges based on message (communicates a clear and positive message to remain alcohol, prescription drug, and distracted free while driving ), creativity, and originality.

Safe Prom Entry and Release Form


If you have any questions regarding the competition, email


Directions for Submitting Safe Prom Video Contest

Videos must be in video DVD format. Video must be no shorter than 60 seconds, and no longer than 3 minutes.

Entries and all release forms must be postmarked by Friday, April 12, 2013 and mailed to:

 Lakeland Regional Medical Center

1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33805

Attn: Trauma Services Department, Brittany Taylor

The video must be accompanied by ALL of the entry and release forms for each person featured in the video. It must be signed by the participant, and if the participant/student is a minor, it must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian.

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