FMCSA, former NASCAR racer ask truckers to buckle up

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Wednesday, Oct. 2, unveiled a public service announcement featuring former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace, currently an analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports, who reminds truckers that they have a responsibility to drive safely and buckle up. The PSA — “Be Buckled. Be Ready.” — is aimed at increasing the number of truckers who regularly use a safety belt.

“This ad reminds truckers that, as professional drivers, they are responsible for handling their vehicles and themselves in the safest manner possible,” FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill said. “With just a little bit of his time, Mr. Wallace’s personal commitment to promoting public safety is helping save lives on America’s highways.”

While 81 percent of the general driving population wears a safety belt, only 59 percent of commercial vehicle drivers buckle up when they climb behind the wheel, FMCSA says. In 2006, 45 percent of truckers killed in a crash were not wearing safety belts, according to FMCSA, whose regulations require all commercial vehicle drivers to use proper restraints.

In the PSA, Wallace tells truck drivers that “[they’re] the ones who drive