A Delaware Area Career Center student's digital-design skills are on display for all to see on West Central Avenue.
Abbie Halderman, a 17-year-old senior at DACC, won a competition staged by the SAFE Delaware County Coalition and State Farm Insurance to promote National Teen Driver Safety Week, which was Oct. 20-26.
Her design, called "Insta-Life," was chosen for the billboard and earned her a $500 Amazon gift card along with a voucher to attend Better Ohio Teen Drivers Inc.
"Since teens are on Instagram, that's how I got the idea of what to base it off of," Halderman said.
"Since the topic was distracted driving and most distracted driving is caused by phones, I decided to make a phone with Instagram showing," she said.
"I was so surprised and so happy that my hard work paid off. I worked all lab time -- which is roughly three hours a day for a two-week time period -- and I was so happy that my hard work was worth it," Halderman said.
"The week is a perfect time for parents to begin -- and continue -- a conversation with young drivers about driving safety and to remind parents not to hand over the car keys until their teen knows the rules of the road," said SAFE coordinator Jackie Bain.
Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15 to 18 years old in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease and violence, the Delaware General Health District said in a news release.
In 2017, 2,247 people were killed in U.S. crashes involving a teen driver (15-18 years old), of which 755 deaths were the teen driver -- a 3% decrease from 2016.
Also in 2017, an estimated 93,000 teen drivers in the U.S. were injured in traffic crashes, and an estimated 293,000 people were injured in crashes involving a teen driver, accounting for an estimated 11% of all those injured that year.
"Because of their lack of experience, teen drivers are a potential danger to themselves and to other drivers, which is why it is so important that parents take time to discuss driving safety with their teens," Bain said.
"Don't be afraid to have this conversation every day."
Bain said explaining the rules and any other restrictions outlined in Ohio's graduated driver-licensing law and the deadly consequences of unsafe driving practices can help encourage teens to exhibit safe driving behaviors.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and to learn safe-driving tips to share with teens, visit nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving.