CVSA’s message: Wearing seat belts saves lives

| 1/4/2008

Did you know that in 2006, 703 drivers of large trucks died in truck crashes and 314 of those drivers were not wearing seat belts?

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has launched its “Saved by the Belt” award program to recognize those commercial motor vehicle drivers who have buckled up and whose lives were saved or injuries significantly reduced as a result of wearing a safety belt.

“CVSA created this new program to emphasize safety belt use by commercial motor vehicle drivers and to use these drivers as role models for safety belt use for their peers and their families,” said Jim McFarlin, ABF Freight System Inc.’s Director of Safety and Security and Chairman of CVSA’s “Saved by the Belt” award committee in a recent press release.

“It benefits everyone traveling our highways when we increase public awareness on the benefits of safety belt use and having more people buckling up.”

The “Saved by the Belt” award program is sponsored in part by YRC Worldwide Inc.

Anyone interested in nominating a person must submit a completed nomination form and a brief narrative of the crash, along with the accident or incident report and other supporting documents and indicate why the nominee should be considered for the award. For more information on the program, please visit CVSA’s Web site at To submit a nomination, click here.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. OOIDA has been a member of CVSA for more than 20 years.