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Coming soon: 12 months of safety from "Be Ready. Be Buckled.” contest winners

Coming soon: 12 months of safety from "Be Ready. Be Buckled.” contest winners

First-grader Annie Yu and third grader Heather Li live more than 1,000 miles apart, but both young students had the same message for commercial drivers recently: "Be Ready. Be Buckled."

And that's the message all of our 12 winning Art Contest entries will share on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's "Be Ready. Be Buckled." 2015 Calendar. Co-sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, the annual contest and calendar are two of the ways we try to get more commercial drivers to buckle up --every trip, every time.

Photo of Secretary Foxx with Annie Yu
Secretary Foxx with Annie Yu, who won top honors in the grades K-2 category

Annie--from Edison, NJ--and Heather--of Orlando, FL--won top honors in the contest, and were awarded framed versions of their entries and a monetary prize from the CMV Safety Belt Partnership in a ceremony earlier this week attended by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, and Acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman.

“Seatbelts save lives, and this contest is a positive way to engage children to promote driver safety throughout the United States,” said Secretary Foxx. 

OPhoto of Secretary Foxx with Heather Li
Secretary Foxx with Heather Li, who won top honors in the grades 3-6 category

Administrator Ferro reported at the ceremony that safety belt usage among bus and medium-to-heavy duty truck drivers is up six percent from 78 percent in 2010 to a new high of 84 percent in 2013. When the CMV Safety Belt Partnership began ten years ago, fewer than half of all truck and bus drivers reported using their seat belts.

“It’s a fact that when drivers and passengers buckle-up, their odds increase dramatically for surviving a crash,” she said. “The results of our 2013 survey show that in just the last three years more commercial drivers are getting the message, and we will continue working through programs like the art contest to encourage the remaining 16 percent to buckle-up.”

Ten more student entries will also be featured in the calendar, which will be available this fall. Don't miss it and don't forget to Buckle Up!

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