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Recognizing the Risks

Recognizing the Risk

Georgia DOT Partners with Scholastic in Georgia’s Schools

GDOT has joined with Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company on an educational initiative designed for today’s middle-school, pre-teens. This educational program, Recognizing the Risk, engages Georgia’s youth in learning about the dangers of distracted driving and walking.

GDOT is proud to be a partner in this crucial outreach expected to inspire positive social behaviors among youth before they get behind the wheel. Recognizing the Risk coincides with the GDOT Drive Alert Arrive Alive and See and Be Seen campaigns.



Heads Up, Stay Safe! Contest

In conjunction with the "Recognizing the Risk" program, Scholastic and Georgia DOT is conducting a "Heads Up, Stay Safe" contest to help reduce distracted walking and driving by having students create their own advocacy magazine. Each four-page magazine includes a brief, informative article on distracted driving and/or walking along with images, facts, statistics, graphs and helpful tips members of the community can put to use immediately.

The grand prize-winning team will receive $150 total in gift cards and have their magazine printed by Georgia DOT. Their names will appear in the magazine and copies will be delivered to their school.

January 14, 2022

Please access Scholastic's Heads Up, Stay Safe webpage and complete the online form to enter the contest.

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Heads Up, Stay Safe! Contest

2021-2022 Winners

2020-2021 Grand Prize Winner


Stop For Pedestrians

7th Grade Students: Emma Reeves and Annalise Youngblood
Teacher: Kendra Reeves
School: Thomas County Middle School in Thomasville, GA

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Hang Up And Drive

7th Grade Students: Wyatt Kinsey, Tammy Bamaca-Cinto and Elijah Kinneer
Teacher: Kendra Reeves
School: Thomas County Middle School in Thomasville, GA

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7th Grade Winner

Don't Make Texting And Driving a Trend This 2022

7th Grade Students: Jennesa Smith, Ca'Mya Sirmans, Ken'Niyah Brown, Faith Ruffing and Isabella Parrott
Teacher: Lee Hadley
School: Brooks County Middle School, Quitman, GA

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6th Grade Winner

Distracted Walking and Driving

6th Grade Students: Jacob Bridwell, Elise Weber and Sydney Clark
Teacher: Rickey Porter
School: Jane Macon Middle School, Brunswick, GA

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Previous Winners

2020-2021 School Year
2019-2020 School Year



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Learn About Safety.  Become an Advocate.

Teachers across Georgia can now offer their students a number of classroom activities concerning the risks of distracted walking and driving.   Georgia DOT encourages students to join this effort by serving as a safety advocate.   See what the GDOT and Scholastic initiative will do for teachers, students and their families. Help us continue to make our streets and sidewalks safer for everyone.

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      By the Numbers

      People Who Died on GA Roads


      fatalities on Georgia roads were attributed to distracted behavior in 2018.



      of fatalities due to distracted behavior were pedestrians.


      Safety is a Top Priority

      Georgia DOT is committed to preserving safety through a number of safety programs. Join us to help keep Georgia safe.