Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens.  And when it comes to distracted driving, young people are among the most likely to text and talk behind the wheel.

That’s why we’re inviting high school students to help spread the word on distracted driving by designing a creative icon that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networking sites.

We’re looking for icons that send a clear message: cell phones and driving don’t mix. 

This is your chance to make your voice heard and help keep our roads safe for your family, your friends, and yourself.  So, get creative – design an eye-catching graphic that you’d be proud to show off on your favorite social network. 

If your design is selected, we’ll feature it on as part of the official DOT campaign against distracted driving.

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Best Design

The winning student will have their design featured on and its social networking pages as part of DOT's official distracted driving campaign.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Design an original icon that fits into DOT’s campaign against distracted driving.

Contest is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18.

Send in your entry between April 16, 2012 - July 31, 2012. 

Submissions must be 180 pixels by 180 pixels and in JPG, TIF, PNG, or GIF format.


Secretary LaHood and a panel of DOT experts will select the winning entry.

Secretary LaHood and a panel of DOT experts will select the winning entry.

Judging Criteria

  • Message
    The winning entry will clearly convey an anti-distracted driving message.
  • Design
    The winning entry will have a compelling and eye-catching design.
  • Creativity
    The winning entry will illustrate a unique and creative idea.

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