The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week launched its “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest, organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.
Open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries, the contest educates kids about highway safety and urges commercial drivers to buckle up on every trip.
Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that last year 697 occupants of large trucks were killed in crashes, with about 40 percent of them found to be not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.
“Every year, thousands of lives are lost and injuries incurred in motor vehicle crashes because drivers and passengers fail to buckle-up,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “We can save lives by encouraging safety belt use 100 percent of the time, and this contest sets a positive safety example for the next generation.”
FMCSA will accept contest submissions through Feb. 28, 2014. Students can submit their artwork by mail to the following address:
CMV Safety Belt Partnership, C/O CVSA
Attention: Lisa Claydon
6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 310
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Artwork will be evaluated in two categories: one for kindergarten through second grade, and another for third through sixth grade. Twelve winners will be selected in March 2014 and their artwork will appear in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” contest calendar.
All 12 students will also be honored at a ceremony at USDOT headquarters to be held in the spring.