Art contest urges truckers to buckle up for safety

The Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership has announced its annual art contest for children, “Be Ready. Be Buckled,” aimed at raising awareness about seat belt usage in the commercial truck industry. The contest is open to children with a relative or sponsor in the truck and bus industries in grades K-6 (ages 5-12) and runs through Mar. 1, 2013.

The art contest focuses on urging commercial drivers to buckle up to saves lives and reduce injuries.

Artwork that best illustrates “the importance of commercial motor vehicle drivers buckling up” with the overarching message “Safety Belts Save Lives” will win the grand prizes in each of two age categories.

The contest is held in conjunction with the American Society of Safety Engineers’ North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 6-12, 2013) celebrations.

The winners of the contest will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held at the Dept. of Transportation Headquarters in early May 2013. That afternoon there will be a special program for the winners at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.

In 2003, the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership was created by Secretary Norman Mineta to combat low safety belt use among the nation's commercial drivers.

For more information, rules and the entry form, go to http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/safety-belt/index.htm.

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