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Clackamas County’s Department of Transportation & Development invites all high school students in Clackamas Countyto participate in the “Drive to Zero Posters” Safe Driving Art Contest. Participants are asked to develop creative content that will help improve driver behaviors so that our roads are safer for all travelers.

Rob Sadowsky, Drive to Zero Program Coordinator, says, “We know that messaging that targets teens is best when it comes from their peers. We invite all Clackamas County high school students to submit their own safe driving artwork to educate their peers and community.”

Entry formats accepted include pdf, mp4 or jpeg files as well as a variety of creative art forms including music, videos and words. This year, due to our offices being closed while staff works from home, all entries must be submitted electronically and by June 15, 2020. Email submissions should be sent to:

All entries must be accompanied by a release form that can be found on the Drive to Zero website. Students under 18 years of age on March 15, 2018, will need a parent or guardian to sign. 

Contest details are available at Questions should be directed to Drive to Zero staff at 503-742-4776 or

Student artwork or written messages should focus on commonly known risk factors such as speed, distracted driving or impaired driving; or on prevention strategies such as seat belt use, parent support or eliminating distractions. Positive, uplifting messages are encouraged to reflect the need to drive with respect and courtesy.

All entries will be judged on creativity, message impact and promotional appeal, and will be eligible to be used for outreach by the county. The students who create the top three entries will each win cash prizes ($300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place).

The safe driving media contest is sponsored by Clackamas County Drive to Zero and State Farm Insurance.

Department Staff
Rob Sadowsky
Drive to Zero Program Coordinator
Cameron Ruen
Public & Government Affairs
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