This past summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety administration released statistics showing that drivers of sport utility vehicles and vans have the highest usage rates, at 83%, while pickup truck drivers have the lowest rates, at 69%. The survey did not mention large-truck drivers.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y Mineta will release the full results December 9 at a Roadway Express trucking facility in Atlanta GA. He will be there as part of the kick-off of a national campaign of a public-private partnership to increase safety belt use among the nationÕs more than 11 million commercial drivers.
The press conference also will include Annette M Sandberg, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Bill Graves, American Trucking Associations president and chief executive officer; James Johnston, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; and America's Road Team truck drivers.