Chaffin Luhana Foundation Announces 2020 Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest

February 11, 2020 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment, is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship. The 2020 scholarship will award a local student in the Greater Pittsburgh area helping in the fight against distracted driving with a $2,500 scholarship to be applied toward further education.

The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”

Recognizing the danger and committed to doing something about it, each year the Chaffin Luhana Foundation invites students to submit an inspiring essay about distracted driving. These essays can be about a personal experience, a proposed awareness campaign, or technology and its impact on distracted driving in the U.S. The Foundation also hosts anti-distracted driving talks with students in schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

High school and college undergraduate students in the Greater Pittsburgh Area are invited to submit a 500-700-word essay about one of the following topics:

1. Personal Experience. Have you had a personal experience with distracted driving? If so, how has it
impacted your life?

2. Take charge. Create a realistic distracted driving awareness campaign to effectively reduce the number
of distracted driving related auto accidents in the U.S. Please include: ways to better educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving; steps that can be taken to prevent new, young drivers from distracted driving; and actionable steps that can be taken to put an end to distracted driving.

3. Technology’s Impact. How do you think technology and recent technology advancements have
impacted the rise of distracted driving in the United States? Also, how big of a role do you believe that technology can have in putting an end to distracted driving?

Students are also required to post on social media tagging The Chaffin Luhana Foundation (@chaffinluhanafoundation) to explain why they think this cause is important.

“Distracted driving has steadily increased, and continues to increase, on our roads,” said Eric Chaffin,
Managing Partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP and a Trustee of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, “and young people are particularly at risk, not only for injuring themselves, but others. As more vehicles come equipped with dashboard technology, the problem expands, and young drivers simply aren’t aware of how quickly they can get into trouble. We also believe that while young people may be part of the problem, they are a big part of the solution. We seek to empower students trying to solve this growing problem.”

For more information on our scholarship contest, rules, and criteria, visit our website: