Nashville, Tennessee – Voting is now open for the 2009 Bridgestone Americas Safety Scholars video contest, which challenges 16- to 21-year-old drivers to create short videos about automotive safety or, new this year, make eco-conscious decisions when operating a vehicle.

The top ten finalists were selected from a total of 817 entries received by Bridgestone Americas.

“Safety Scholars is a tremendously effective way for us to communicate our commitment to teen driving safety and environmental responsibility,” said Christine Karbowiak, executive vice-president of Community and Corporate Relations. “It’s a program for teens, by teens, so the Safety Scholars campaign engages young drivers to think critically about some very important issues.”

The top ten videos are now posted at Safety Scholars for online voting through August 3, 2009. The voting will determine the three top winners, who will be announced on August 10. The videos are also available for viewing on social networking sites, including Facebook, YouTube and MySpace. The grand prize winners each receive a US$5,000 scholarship and a set of new Bridgestone or Firestone tires. Their videos may also be used on television stations as part of a public service announcement campaign.

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