Most truckers want their loved ones to buckle up, but are not so careful when it comes to their own safety habits. According to government statistics, while 81 percent of the general driving population wears a safety belt, only 59 percent of commercial vehicle drivers buckle up when they climb behind the wheel.
OOIDA and Natso, the national organization of truck stop and travel center owners, have joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation to planning a kids’ poster contest promoting safety belt use among truck drivers. The contest is sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Partnership and led by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The contest is part of a national safety belt campaign called “Be Ready. Be Buckled” that has increased safety belt use among truck drivers as its goal. The winner will receive a $1,000 savings bond.
“Buckling your seat belt is the single most effective – and the easiest – way to stay safe on American’s roads,” said John H. Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “If truck drivers won’t buckle up for themselves, it’s my hope that they will at least do it for their families and children as they go about their daily routine of moving America.”
The contest is open to children aged 5-12 who have at least one parent who is a truck driver. The finished poster must be hand drawn, no larger than 11” x 14” and relate to the campaign’s theme, “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Entries must be submitted by Feb. 29, 2008, to:
1737 King Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Entries will be judged by an independent panel and the one that best illustrates the contest’s theme will be named the winner. The winning artist will be recognized, along with his or her family, in Washington, DC, on May 5, 2008, during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week.
Poster contest rules and entry forms, as well as more information about the CMV Safety Belt Partnership, can be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt.
The winner will be announced in April 2008.