Wantagh HS Students' Pedestrian Safety Videos Take First and Second Place

September 20, 2019

From left: Cynthia Brown, Executive Director, New York Coalition for Transportation Safety; Olivia Vinson and Morgan Flaherty, Scholarship Winners; Dr. Tavora Buchman, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Planning – Nassau County Department of Health; Dr. James Tomarken, Health Commissioner – Suffolk County Department of Health Services. 

Wantagh HS Students’ Pedestrian Safety Videos Take First and Second Place

County Executives Proclaim September 16, 2019 Pedestrian Safety Day

Hauppauge, NY (September 17, 2019) -  Wantagh High School students Olivia Vinson and Morgan Flaherty took first and second prize, respectively, in the Pedestrian Video Scholarship Competition sponsored by the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety (NYCTS).  Several Long Island communities have some of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle crashes in the state, with Hempstead reporting the highest number of crashes of all communities in upstate New York and Long Island.   Students were asked to create short videos illustrating one or more of the state’s Vehicle and Traffic Safety Laws for Pedestrian Enforcement.  The contest is part of Walk Safe Long Island, a campaign to promote pedestrian safety and law-based education.

St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, New York hosted the scholarship awards presentation held Monday, September 16, 2019.  The Nassau County and Suffolk County Executives proclaimed September 16, 2019, Pedestrian Safety Day via proclamations presented to the NYCTS.  View winning videos here.