Students from around the country traveled to Washington, DC, on May 4, to be recognized for their winning artwork, which will be featured in the 2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” calendar contest.
Photo courtesy of FMCSA
The winners with FMCSA Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott (back left), U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
The contest is organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety administration, as well as 30 government agencies and private organizations, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
Third grader Reilly Taylor of Independence, MO, and Caleb Zhao, a second grader from Gaithersburg, MD, were this year’s grand prize winners. Reilly is the son of Norita Taylor, media spokesperson for OOIDA.
The winners had their pictures taken with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, FMCSA Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
The contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade to remind commercial truck and bus drivers to wear their seat belts. The calendars will be released in fall 2013.
“Buckling up is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to be safe on our highways,” LaHood said in the release about the event. “The student art contest helps deliver that message to both our children who design the posters and the truck and bus drivers who will see them throughout the year.”