Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania government and PennDOT are encouraging teens to become an active part fixing problems that they see on our state’s roadways.

Every hour, about 15 reportable traffic crashes occur in Pennsylvania and although there have been positive steps towards reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, a disproportionate number of these crashes involve teenagers.

PennDOT’s Innovations Challenge is one way of getting teens to feel more responsible for what happens on the roads.

PennDOT invites high school students in 9th through 11th grades to work in groups of three or four people, think about a problem that they have encountered when dealing with transportation, and submit a 500-word project that addresses the problem effectively and in a cost-efficient way that would benefit the community.

Through the PennDOT Innovations Challenge, 11 regional winners will be selected and be invited to compete in Harrisburg for the grand championship in April of 2018. PennDOT intends for the Innovations Challenge to become an annual event.

For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit www.penndot.gov/innovation. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31.

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