More truckers wearing seat belts

| 3/26/2008

A survey released this week by the FMCSA shows that more truckers than ever before are wearing seat belts.

The survey shows 65 percent of truckers were buckled up in 2007, compared with 59 percent in 2006 and 48 percent in 2003.

Duane Debruyne, spokesman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said a further breakdown of the numbers for owner-operators shows a “good news, bad news” scenario.

“The good news is that the new baseline for usage by truckers is now set at 65 percent … So, in the past few years, we’ve moved that needle significantly,” Debruyne told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.

“The bad news, however, unfortunately, is that for owner-operators and independent drivers, the number is only 56 percent. Fleet drivers are in at 67 percent, but we just need to remind your listeners, for the most part, that everyone needs to buckle up. We really need to do all we can to save every life we can on the road.”

Authors of the Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers stated in their executive summary that the study provides a snapshot of all medium and heavy trucks on the road at a particular point in time.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has participated in FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership since 2003, and the Association supports the “Be Ready Be Buckled” public-service campaign featuring racing legend Rusty Wallace.