Covering Louisiana

Aug 14, 2014 1:55 PM by KATC

State Dept. of Insurance targeting teens with contest, website

The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) and the Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (LATIFPA) have teamed up to encourage teen drivers to "Park Smart" with the launch of a new high school video competition this upcoming school semester.

The competition, "Protect My Ride: Louisiana," is open to all high schools in the state in an effort to educate the general public, specifically teen drivers, on the importance of driving safety and auto theft prevention. High School students will be charged with scripting, filming and producing a 30-second video promoting auto theft prevention. Videos can be a public service announcement, music video, animation, documentary or any other appropriate style or format. Schools interested in participating in the competition must have a school representative register with the LATIFPA by October 1, 2014.

Video submissions are due no later than December 15, 2014. The winning video will be recognized and featured on the Louisiana Department of Insurance website and may also be broadcast in the television market of the winning school.

In addition to the "Protect My Ride Louisiana" video competition, the LATIFPA has also launched an educational website on vehicle theft prevention. The interactive site aims to raise the awareness of vehicle theft among high school students in Louisiana and provide them with the resources to avoid becoming a victim of auto theft. Visitors to the new "Park Smart" website will also have a chance to test their skills by taking a quiz on auto theft prevention. To access the site and to learn more about the LATIFPA, visit

About the Louisiana Department of Insurance: The Louisiana Department of Insurance works to improve competition in the state's insurance market while assisting individuals and businesses with the information and resources they need to be informed consumers of insurance. As a regulator, the LDI enforces the laws that provide a fair and stable marketplace and makes certain that insurers comply with the laws in place to protect policy holders.

For contest rules or information about the website, LDI may be reached at 1-800-259-5300 or by visiting LATIFPA Director Jeffrey Zewe can be reached via email at



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