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Contests aim to Put the Brakes on Fatalities
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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 will also receive money as part of the contests’ prizes. 

The poster contest is for Kansas students ages 5 to 13. 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 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) will receive a bicycle from the Kansas Turnpike Authority 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. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 23. Information and entry forms are available at

The video contest is 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. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Entry details are available

About 37,000 people die in traffic crashes each year across the United States. That’s nearly 101 fatalities every day. 

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 Winners

The 2021 poster contest winners included Riley Leake, Sterling, representing south-central Kansas. Students from St. John – Hudson Tigers USD 350 won first place in the 2021 video contest.