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Published November 14 2010

North Dakota Political Notebook: Teens needed for traffic safety contest

BISMARCK – North Dakota teenagers can win cash prizes for creating a 30-second traffic safety video or a billboard design.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation, AAA North Dakota and the North Dakota Safety Council are sponsoring the second annual NDTeenDrivers Traffic Safety Contest.

The contest is open to teens ages 14 to 19 enrolled in a North Dakota school. Students may work individually or in a group of up to five students. They need to focus on distracted driving, underage drinking and driving, or seat-belt use.

In addition to creating a video or billboard design, each entry is required to conduct one traffic safety event at their school. Contestants have the chance to win up to $1,000 and a $1,000 traffic safety grant for their school.

“I think this contest is a great way to get teens involved in traffic safety and focus on their driving behaviors,” Mark Nelson, DOT safety director, said in a statement.

All participants must register by 5 p.m. Feb. 11 to participate in the contest. All participants in a group must attend the same school. Once the registration form is complete, teens may begin creating their traffic safety video or billboard.

For more information about the contest and its rules, visit NDTeenDrivers.com or Facebook.com/NDTeenDrivers.

Cramer to give speech

Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer will be in Denver this week to discuss the strategic relationships needed to support Bakken infrastructure development.

The Bakken Infrastructure Development Summit brings together pipeline companies, rail and trucking firms, equity investors, commercial lenders, investment bankers, government officials, environmental and permitting experts, consultants and others to get information to establish relationships to increase transportation capacity in the Bakken.

“The invitation for me to kick the conference off with a keynote address recognizes that North Dakota’s potential in meeting the energy demands of our nation are understood by government and industry professionals, especially in light of the enormous oil reserves in the Bakken,” Cramer said in a statement.

“My intention is to inform the participants why our state has become the go-to place for investment and how we are positioning ourselves to build the export capacity necessary to meet the supply and demand needs of domestic markets,” he said.

Legislative week ahead

The Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the Harvest Room in the Capitol.

Topics include an update by Legislative Council staff on legislative space renovation projects for the 2009-10 interim. Legislators will also review the proposed organizational session agenda.

Legislative Management meets Tuesday and Wednesday in the House Chamber. Each of the committees will present reports.

Full agendas can be found at www.legis.nd.gov/council/interim/meetings.

Teri Finneman is a multimedia reporter for Forum Communications Co.