PennDOT looking for some help from high schoolers

Justin Udo
December 22, 2018 - 4:00 am
PennDot is looking for help from high schoolers as they work to increase work zone safety.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — PennDOT is looking for help from high schoolers as they work to increase work zone safety.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is holding a contest asking for ninth to 12th-graders to send them ideas of innovative ways they can better help keep the roads safe for their workers.

"What we want to do is go beyond the realm of traditional 'please slow down in a work zone.' We're looking for new ideas that will actually resonate, and hopefully get people to slow down," said PennDot's Jan Huzvar. 

Huzvar says its important for them to engage with young and future drivers who bring a different perspective to the road.

"They're going to be the next generation behind the wheel, and perhaps by using their voice to speak to those of any age, their message will get across and resonate on a safety level," Huzvar added. 

Huzvar says the contest, which is open until Jan. 25, is intended to do more than just drum up ways to get folks to obey the laws of the road.

"The subidea is to get them to consider careers in Penndot," Huzvar said. 

Contest winners of the statewide competition will get $1,500.