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Contest Rules & Info

CONTEST STARTS: 9/19/19 12:01 AM PDT


Who May Enter?

  • The Go Safely poster contest is open to all California middle school students

Rules & Guidelines

  • Design a poster keeping one or more of the following safety messages in mind:

    • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike or scooter

    • Cross the street safely at the crosswalk

    • Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street

    • Look before you cross: left, right, left again

    • Don’t talk, text or use your phone when crossing the street

    • Original base template must be used. The 8 ½ x 11 template is available for download at

Judging will be based on:

    • Thoughtfulness of design (10%)

    • Proper use of safety laws (helmets, walking in crosswalk, etc.) (25%)

    • Clarity of pedestrian safety and/or safe biking methods conveyed by text and artwork (15%)

    • Relevance of poster theme to pedestrian and or bike safety (25%)

    • Creativity, originality and artistic quality (10%)

    • Visual clarity, ability to easily view elements (10%)

    • Brightness and use of color (5%)

  • Artwork must be accompanied by a completed entry form and uploaded to the contest page at

  • In the event of a tie the person who has the next highest score in the following category order will win the tiebreaker: proper use of safety laws, relevance of poster theme, clarity of pedestrian safety, creativity/thoughtfulness, visual clarity, brightness.

  • Poster designs may not incorporate any copyrighted characters (i.e., comic and/or television characters), photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.

  • Posters must be original student artwork with no adult assistance.

  • Lettering should be clearly legible within whatever portion of the poster it may be used.

  • No clipart, stickers, glued or taped objects.

  • Collage materials should not be used. Posters can be created using one or more of a variety of drawing tools (e.g. crayon, colored pencil, marker, paint, chalk, glitter, etc.)

  • ATTENTION: Please accurately follow all requirements and restrictions, as failure to do so will subject the entry to disqualification. All winning entries become the property of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) which reserves the right to modify any poster for reproduction purposes.

  • Only one entry per student will be allowed. NO TEAM ENTRIES.

  • More than one student may NOT submit a single entry.

How to Enter:

  1. Visit and click on the Contest tab.

  2. Select Poster template, download and print.

  3. Design your poster.

  4. Once you’ve finished and are ready to enter, take a picture of your poster and submit it on the entry page. Make sure you attach a copy of your completed entry form signed by a parent or adult guardian or your entry will not be accepted.

  5. Once your entry has been reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email (keep this for your records).

  6. The contest will end at 5pm on Monday, December 2, 2019. All winners will be notified via email and results will be posted to the Go safely website.

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