Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni renews call for Western Mass. youth to participate in Stop the Swerve campaign

By The Republican Newsroom

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni is once again challenging area high school students to participate in his Stop the Swerve Public Service Announcement and Billboard Challenge.

“I am grateful to Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance and their administration of the Drunk Driving Trust Fund for the grant funding that will allow our office to expand our outreach to high school students,” Gulluni  said. “The PSA and billboard contest will showcase students sharing an important message with their fellow classmates and the community at large as it relates to drunk and impaired driving.”

'Stop the Swerve' aims to curb drunken driving by educating teens

‘Stop the Swerve’ aims to curb drunken driving by educating teens

“We wanted to speak to young people who may just be getting their licenses, and to let them know about the seriousness of their choices,” said Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, who hosted a program for teens in Springfield on Thursday, March 31.

The PSA and billboard contest is open to all Hampden County high school students, organizations, clubs and athletic teams to highlight the dangers of drunk and/or impaired driving. The contest consist of high school students submitting a 30 to 60 second video entry or billboard design which must be original, note the risks associated with drunk or drugged driving, and communicate messages about public safety.

There will be over $15,000 in prizes awarded to winning PSAs and billboard; prizes will come in the form of grants to be used to enhance the winning schools’ technological resources. Winning submissions will also be highlighted at the April 4 event at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The entry form and releases are online here and should be submitted with all entries. The deadline for submission is March 26.

Additional information can be found on the DA’s website here or by calling Hampden County District Attorney’s Office at 413-747-1000.

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