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FMCSA Launches Annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled." Safety Belt Art Contest for Kids

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced the launch of the 2014 “Be Ready.  Be Buckled.” student art contest organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.  Open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries, the contest educates kids about highway safety and urges commercial drivers to buckle up on every trip.

Attention to safety makes Halloween less scary

Tonight, we advise you to be less concerned about that eerie howling in the woods.  There's something scarier on Halloween that we can actually prevent: pedestrian and drunk driving fatalities.

Photo of 4 kids in Halloween costumes

The traffic statistics for Halloween tell a frightening but all-too-true story. 

And that's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night.

Child Passenger Safety Week has one goal

Let's protect our most vulnerable passengers

Year in and year out, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) dedicates itself to ensuring the safety of the American public on our nation’s highways. Nowhere is that commitment stronger than in our high-priority efforts to ensure the safety of children.

And Child Passenger Safety Week is an opportunity to recognize –and advance – that effort.

Everyone Is A Pedestrian

New web resources, grants seek to fight disturbing safety trend

Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, in 2011, pedestrians in the U.S. were one of the very few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities.

So as part of the campaign to combat that increase, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making available $2 million in pedestrian safety grants. NHTSA has also joined with the Federal Highway Administration to launch a one-stop shop of safety tips and resources at www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.

Photo of Secretary Foxx with children of the safety patrol

Heatstroke Prevention Day has simple, lifesaving message

Where's baby? Always look before you lock

Today, as part of National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids, and safety advocates across the country are taking a new approach to raise awareness about the dangers of children in hot cars. During a day-long social media conversation, we're posting child heatstroke prevention messages, statistics, and tips on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. We'll be posting every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. using the hash tag #heatstroke, and we urge you to help spread the word by doing the same.

Already in 2013, at least 24 children have died from heatstroke from being left in a car. An unknown number of children are also injured each year by heatstroke, suffering permanent brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, and other life-changing injuries. With August and September ahead--heatstroke can occur even when the outside temperature is in the 50s--I'm deeply concerned that we will lose more children to a cause that is 100 percent preventable.

Graphic saying "Look before you lock"

DOT Safety Partner Safe Kids Celebrates 25 Years

Preventable injuries, including crashes and other vehicle related incidents, are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S.  In fact, around the world, a child dies from a preventable injury every 30 seconds.  With safety as our number one priority at DOT, we are working hard every day to reduce the number of injuries in and around cars and on our roadways.

Fortunately, we have terrific safety partners to help us in this mission.  And last week, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez helped one of those partners, Safe Kids, celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The folks at Safe Kids understand that many preventable injuries can be avoided through good education and smart planning.

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