Due to recent weather-related school cancelations, PennDOT has extended the deadline for high school students to submit entries for its "Drive Safe PA" radio contest until March 12.

The contest invites high school students to create a 30-second radio public service announcement, or PSA, to remind drivers about the importance of highway safety.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to create a PSA focused on aggressive driving, buckling up or driving under the influence. The PSA must include the phrase "Drive Safe PA," which PennDOT introduced last year as part of its continued commitment to highway safety.

One finalist will be chosen from each of PennDOT's 11 engineering districts. The winning students will be invited to Harrisburg to have the PSA professionally recorded and then distributed to radio stations in their respective areas. Winning students from each PennDOT district will receive certificates and copies of the finished PSA.

Students can submit a completed audio PSA or written script which can be sent via e-mail to RA-penndotpress@state.pa.us [1] or mailed to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Erin Waters, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA, 17120. Entries must be received or postmarked by March 12.

For complete contest rules, visit www.DriveSafePA.org [2].