2014 Official Contest Rules



Contest is open to legal permanent residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, ages 16 through 21, at the time of entry. Entrants must possess a valid driver’s license and be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited secondary, college level or trade school. Proof of age and identity must be furnished upon request.  Individuals who have previously received a scholarship prize through prior years’ versions of this contest (referred to as Safety Scholars) as well as children of employees of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC or its agencies are not eligible. 

Entry in the Contest is available only at www.TeensDriveSmart.com (the “Website”). Entrants must submit an original video 25 or 55 seconds in length on one or more issues or topics relating to automobile safety. The video should convey effective ways to improve driver safety for drivers ages 16 through 21 and may not contain any work (in whole or in part) which is the subject of a copyright, trademark or brand name of a third party. Video must not include anything that is inappropriate for publication (such as, profanity, nudity, hate speech, illegal conduct or gratuitous violence) or that disparages or adversely affects the goodwill and business reputation of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC. Video must address the Contest theme, must be truthful and accurate, and must not have been submitted to any other competition or contest or have received an award prior to submission as an entry in this Contest.  Once submitted, the video may not be modified, edited or replaced by the entrant. Video must be the original work of the entrant.  Upon submission, Sponsor is granted the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to display, reproduce, distribute, publish and create derivative works of the video in any format or medium.

To enter, access the website during the Contest Period, complete the official entry form, necessary Talent Release Forms (as applicable) and submit it and the video as directed.  A separate Talent Release Form signed by each individual appearing in the video (downloadable from the website) will be required for each submission.  Entry and related materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on June 19, 2014.  Limit of one entry per person. No joint, group or team entries are allowed.  Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Judging of entries will occur in three steps:

  1. Qualified individuals from Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC and DVL Public Relations & Advertising will judge video entries on the basis of concept/idea (25%); effectiveness of the message (50%); and creativity (25%). The judges will select ten (10) finalists, whose videos will then be posted on the website, the Facebook** profile and the YouTube** profile for the Contest. Sponsor and its agencies disclaim any and all liability in conjunction with the posting of finalist videos, including but not limited to the quality of finalist videos as posted or the positioning of finalist videos on the Teens Drive Smart website (or elsewhere).
  2. The top 10 finalists’ videos as selected by the judges will be available for voting by the public from the Teens Drive Smart website to determine the three (3) finalists who will receive scholarship prizes in addition to finalist prizes. Voting will be open to the public beginning at 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time on July 14, 2014 and ending at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on July 31, 2014. (However, Sponsor reserves the right to modify or delay the public voting period by posting a notice to such effect on the website.) POSTED FINALIST VIDEOS REPRESENT SOLELY THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL FINALIST AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER. Voting will be restricted to those individuals who are 16 years of age or older. There will be a limit of one vote per person or email address per day. Any attempt by a finalist to manipulate or undermine the integrity of the voting as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion will result in disqualification, with the understanding that disqualification shall not represent the sole remedy available to Sponsor. Vote tallies are provided solely for informational purposes and are not binding upon Bridgestone. In the event of a tie in the judging (whereby finalists were determined) or the online voting, the tied videos will be re-judged by qualified individuals on the basis of creativity (50%) and expression of the ideas discussed in the video (50%). Names of entrants will not be disclosed to judges.  Each of the ten (10) finalists will receive a set of four (4) Bridgestone- or Firestone-brand tires, each set having a maximum retail value of $1000. Prize includes installation at a Bridgestone Firestone dealer near finalist’s residence (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) which must take place within twelve (12) months of notification of prize award.
  3. At the conclusion of public voting, qualified individuals from DVL will determine the three (3) finalists based on tabulation of the number of votes received from the public. Qualified individuals from both Bridgestone and DVL will then convene to hold an additional judging session of the three (3) finalists’ videos. Videos will be judged on the basis of quality of storytelling (25%); production value (25%); overall appeal (50%). The judges will then award first place, second place and third place prizes based on these scores. The three (3) finalists will receive the following prizes:
      First place: $20,000 scholarship Second place: $10,000 scholarship Third place: $5,000 scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded in the form of a check payable to an accredited university, college (regular, junior or community) or trade school at which the winner is enrolled as a full-time student. Should a scholarship prize winner not yet be enrolled in any school at the time of prize notification (that is, scholarship prize winner is still attending secondary school), the scholarship will be available for up to two (2) years from date of prize notification; and if not used after such time, the prize will be forfeited. Scholarship payment will be applied to tuition, and any balance remaining may be used for other valid school charges. In the event a winner leaves a school and is entitled to a cash refund for all or any part of the scholarship payment, at the sole discretion of Sponsor, refund payment shall be made to Sponsor or to an eligible school to which the winner has transferred.

Prizes may not be transferred except where expressly indicated otherwise, or with the written permission of Bridgestone in its sole discretion. No cash or other substitution may be given for a prize except Sponsor reserves right in its sole discretion to make a substitution, in whole or in part, for a prize of comparable or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for all taxes on prize(s) and any expenses not specified relating to the acceptance and use of prize(s). An IRS Form 1099 will be issued to the winners.  Determination as to whether a school is properly accredited and/or a winner is properly enrolled in a school shall be made by Sponsor in its sole discretion; and winners will be responsible for promptly providing any documentation relating thereto requested by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to contact the school directly. 

Finalists will be notified by a traceable form of delivery and email or telephone. Each finalist will be required to provide within a specified time period a photocopy of a valid driver’s license, evidence satisfactory to Sponsor of enrollment as a student (in accredited secondary, college level or trade school), a completed and signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and (except where prohibited) a Publicity Release and, as determined by Sponsor, an assignment or license to Sponsor of all rights of ownership and copyright to the submitted video and a consent for the Sponsor to use the video, in whole or in part and as edited by Sponsor, in all media for educational, commercial and other uses without additional compensation to or prior review by finalist. In addition a separate Talent Release Form (downloaded from the Teens Drive Smart website) signed by each individual appearing in the video will be required to be submitted. Failure to return the required documents in a timely way, or the return of any notification as undeliverable for any reason, will cause the entry to be void and an alternate finalist to be selected. If a finalist (or any individual appearing in a video) is a minor, all relevant documents must be confirmed, ratified and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the individual signing the document(s).

By participating, entrants (if a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian): (a) agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the judges and the Sponsor and its agents in all matters, including the voting process, relating to the Contest, which decisions shall be final and binding in all respects; (b) release, indemnify and hold harmless Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC and its parent and affiliated companies, DVL Public Relations & Advertising and their respective directors, officers and employees, as well as Facebook and YouTube, from any and all claims, liabilities, losses or damages of any kind whatsoever (including but not limited to the infringement of trademark, copyright or similar rights of third parties or any liability as to failure of Sponsor or its agents to screen or monitor finalists’ videos prior to posting online) resulting in whole or in part from their participation in the Contest and the acceptance and use of prize(s); (c) if a winner, consent (except where prohibited by law) to the use of their name, likeness and location for advertising and publicity purposes by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, of its products and services and for promotion of driving safety; and (d) represent that the video submitted is their sole and original work and does not infringe the trademark, copyright or similar rights of any other party. Participants (if a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agree that Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for late, lost or misdirected entries, or for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure of Sponsor and its agents to receive entries for any reason whatsoever or for any errors, mishaps or problems, regardless of the cause, in the voting process or the operation of the Contest. In the event Sponsor determines that the integrity of the Contest has been impaired or corrupted for any reason and as a result cannot be offered or completed as planned, Sponsor (subject to any governmental approval that may be required) reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or terminate the Contest and to select finalists from among eligible entrants legitimately received prior to the event causing cancellation or termination or otherwise in a manner determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion to be fair, appropriate and consistent with these Official Rules; and notice of cancellation will be posted at www.teensdrivesmart.com. Should the Sponsor and judges, in their sole discretion, determine that there are insufficient entries worthy of being selected as a finalist, they reserve the right to select less than ten (10) finalists; and in such event the dollar value of the finalist prizes not awarded shall be applied by Sponsor to the promotion of automobile safety among drivers aged 16 through 21. The failure of Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules in a given instance shall not constitute the waiver of such provision. The Contest shall be governed by and interpreted under the internal laws of the State of Tennessee (that is, excluding choice-of-law/conflict-of-law principles) and any legal action concerning the Contest shall be brought only in a state or federal court located in Nashville, Tennessee. In all circumstances, a legal action must be brought individually, NOT as part of a class action and the participant (if a minor, the participant and/or his/her parent or legal guardian) will only be able to recover his/her actual out-of-pocket costs (if any) in conjunction with participation in the Contest and expressly waives any right to all other damages (including but not limited to compensatory, incidental, consequential or punitive damages). 

To obtain a copy of the official rules or for a list of finalist and scholarship prize winners (available after August 7, 2014) mail a self-addressed envelope to 2014 Teens Drive Smart Contest c/o DVL Public Relations & Advertising at 700 12th Ave. S., Ste. 400, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, for receipt by June 30, 2014.  Please mark envelope “official rules” or “winners list.”

SPONSOR:  Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, 535 Marriott Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37214
**The Teens Drive Smart Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or YouTube.