ATA, DOT partner for ‘Be Ready. Be Buckled.’ poster contest

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The American Trucking Associations is joining with the Department of Transportation and other safety belt partners for the first “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” children’s poster contest. The contest invites children with a parent who is a truck driver to submit a hand-drawn poster that conveys the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” message – that professional truck drivers need to buckle up, too.

“Buckling your seatbelt is the single most effective – and the easiest – way to stay safe on American’s roads,” says John H. Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “If truck drivers won’t buckle up for themselves, it’s my hope that they will at least do it for their families and children as they go about their daily routine of moving America.”

The winner of the poster contest will receive a $1,000 savings bond and will be recognized, along with his or her family, in Washington D.C. on May 5 during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Entries must be submitted by Feb. 29 to: Be Ready Be Buckled Poster Contest, c/o NATSO Inc.; 1737 King St., Suite 200; Alexandria, VA 22314.

Poster contest rules and entry forms, as well as more information about the CMV Safety Belt Partnership, can be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt.