Helping teen drivers stay safe and arrive alive

Arrive Alive Contest

Every year, communities in Maine and across the country are impacted by tragic car accidents that claim the lives of teen drivers. Despite a 2019 Maine law banning mobile phones and other electronic handheld devices while driving, serious injuries and fatalities caused by distracted teen drivers still happen far too often.

Whether using a GPS device, eating, drinking, using a cellphone, or self-grooming, any task that distracts a driver from focusing on the road is dangerous.

Drunk driving has also long been a problem throughout Maine and across the United States. There are constant awareness campaigns about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, yet every year there are high school seniors who never have the chance to put on their cap and gown and receive their diploma due to a tragic drunk driving crash.

Stay Safe - Arrive Alive

The message “Stay Safe – Arrive Alive!” is more than just a catchphrase to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk or distracted driving. It’s a slogan with a real world impact that graduating seniors have been saying to their peers for more than 17 years through the Arrive Alive Creative Contest.

The annual scholarship is sponsored by our law firm, the Law Offices of Joe Borstein. The goal is to paint a picture of high school students going on to live remarkable and fruitful lives and avoiding the painful and tragic moments of grief caused by distracted or drunk driving.

Past winners of the scholarship contents have submitted poems, paintings, videos, essays, original songs, board games, t-shirt designs, drawings, and public service announcements. The contest is open to all graduating high school seniors in Maine. The goal is to have seniors send a message to their classmates about the risks of drinking and driving, as well as distracted driving.

First place winners in the contest receive a new laptop computer. Second and third place winners receive a new iPad, and all seniors who enter will receive prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Borstein.

The contest has been around for more than a decade and a half, and over the past 16 years, we've donated over $150,000 in prizes to graduating high school seniors.

The scholarship contest has seen entries from over 1,000 teenagers from more than 125 high schools in Maine. There’s been inspirational stories told, original songs created to raise awareness, and moving pieces of artwork, all focused on reaching out to classmates about being safe on the road.

A complete set of rules and all past winning entries can be viewed online at The deadline for this year’s entry is Friday, May 7, 2021.

Maine lawyers working for Maine people

Since 1974, the Law Offices of Joe Borstein has represented more than 25,000 Mainers in a wide range of injury claims, including those involving car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident due to the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of someone else, our law firm can aggressively advocate for your best interests and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We have seven offices statewide in Sanford, Biddeford, Portland, Windham, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor.

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