The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced today that its annual "Be Ready. Be Buckled." student art contest has been extended for an extra two weeks!
Originally scheduled to end today, young artists now have until March 15, 2014, to submit their entries.
The contest is designed to help everyone to think about highway safety. We know that seat belts save lives. But according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, nearly 700 occupants of large trucks were killed in crashes. Further analysis by the FMCSA reveals that approximately 40 percent of those drivers were not wearing safety belts.
To get more drivers to think safety, we want them to hear the "buckle up" message from the next generation, our kids.
Each year, the “Be Ready. Be Buckled” art contest educates kids about highway safety and urges commercial drivers to buckle up for every trip. Organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, the contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries.
To give more students the opportunity to submit their artwork, the deadline has been extended until March 15. Artwork will be evaluated in two categories: one for kindergarten through second grade, and another for third through sixth grade.
Twelve winners will be selected and their artwork will appear in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” calendar. All 12 students will be recognized at a ceremony at USDOT headquarters in May.
To learn more about the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Contest, visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/safety-belt/index.htm.