Student Art Contest Encourages Bus Safety Belts

Safety Belts Art Contest 2015 Winner Julia Ou
Safety Belts Art Contest 2015 Winner, Julia Ou

Student Art Contest Takes Aim at Reducing Fatalities by Encouraging Truck Drivers, Bus Drivers and Children to Use Safety Belts

December 4, 2015 – WASHINGTON – Submissions are now being accepted for the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership’s “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” annual student art contest, which aims to reduce the number of fatalities by encouraging commercial truck drivers, bus drivers and children to use safety belts.

Approximately 275 occupants of large trucks who were killed in crashes in 2013 were not wearing their safety belts, according to the most recently available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries.

Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2016. Contest rules and information on how to submit an entry are available at: FMCSA/safetybelt.

The art contest lets children encourage truck, bus, and all drivers to buckle up for safety. Children K-6th grade (ages 5-12) are eligible if they have relatives who work in the truck or bus industry. Others may enter if sponsored by a CMV Safety Belt Partnership member.

Safety Belts Contest Awards

Awards are made in two categories:

• Kindergarten through second grade, and
• Third through sixth grades.

The Partnership makes one grand prize and five honorable mention awards for each category.

Grand prize winners receive a cash award and framed copy of their winning artwork.

All 12 winners receive a certificate, have their artwork featured in a calendar, and are invited to an awards ceremony at the Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC. Winners are also invited to a special event at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Remember to enter by March 1, 2016!

Safety Belts Information

A manual for increasing safety belt use by motor carriers is available: Safety Belts.

– See more at: Safety Belts Student Art Contest

Last modified January 1, 2016 by Tom Archer

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Tom Archer grew up around trucks, and he has a passion for the truck driving lifestyle.