Buddy International, a nonprofit organization that matches professional
drivers who correspond by mail with elementary classrooms, has
announced it will be teaming up with the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration on the "Share the Road Safely"
is designed to identify the effectiveness of a campaign to make
children aware of highway situations between large trucks and
other vehicles, and to educate students how to safely share
the road. Although these efforts are aimed at school children,
Trucker Buddy believes students will share their observations
with the adults who transport them on a daily basis and take
the information learned into their driving years. The safe driving
messages would be reoccurring and on a more personal basis due
to their relationship with their Trucker Buddy driver.
Buddy's role is to assist this communication through partnerships
with drivers and classes for the pilot project to help the FMCSA
monitor the program through the end of the school year. Then,
the students will take part in a nationwide contest to conclude
with public recognition of their efforts.
are pleased to be able to help determine if a campaign aimed at
children will be an effective method of making our highways safer
for all of us," said Trucker Buddy Executive Director Ellen
Voie. For more information about Trucker Buddy, visit their web
site at www.truckerbuddy.org.