Mississauga, Ontario – The top five finalists in the 2008 Safety Scholars Canada video contest have been chosen, and the public is invited to vote online for the winning entries, which will earn their creators $5,000 scholarships. The national competition, sponsored by Bridgestone Firestone Canada Inc., was open to drivers 16 to 21 years of age who were asked to create short, auto-safety-themed videos.

A panel of judges selected the top five videos, based on how well they compel young drivers to be more safety-conscious. Topics include seatbelt use, tire safety, drinking and driving, and avoiding in-vehicle distractions. The videos were also judged on how effectively and creatively they communicated their safety message.

The videos, which are less than one minute in length, are posted at Safety Scholars for online voting through September 28. The top three will each win their creators a $5,000 scholarship. All of the five finalists will receive a new set of Bridgestone or Firestone tires.

“We were very happy to launch this program in Canada for the first time in 2008,” said Christine Karbowiak, Vice President of Community and Corporate Relations, Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. “This is a competition driven by the teens themselves, and the contestants continue to amaze us with their originality. Their videos are not only informative, but fun to watch as well.”

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