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"Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest now accepting entries

"Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest now accepting entries

It's no secret that seat belts save lives. They save lives in passenger vehicles, and they save lives in large trucks. But they can only save lives when drivers and passengers buckle up.

To educate kids about the importance of seat belts and to urge America's commercial drivers to buckle up on every trip, our Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is holding its annual "Be Ready. Be Buckled." safety belt art contest. It's one of the highlights of the DOT safety calendar, and we urge you to share the news with young poster artists and safety advocates.

Caleb Zhao's grand prize winning poster
Caleb Zhao, 2013 grand prize winner, Kindergarten-2nd Grade.

The contest is open until February 28, 2014, to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries. Students just need to complete the Rules & Entry Form and mail it with artwork to:

CMV Safety Belt Partnership
c/o CVSA
Attention: Lisa Claydon
6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 310
Greenbelt, MD 20770

In March, the 12 winners will be selected, and their artwork will appear in the 2015 "Be Ready. Be Buckled.” contest calendar. All 12 students will also be honored in a ceremony at DOT headquarters this spring.

The calendars produced from contest entries each year serve as a fun and effective, year-round reminder about traveling safely on our roadways. The 2014 edition is available for download on the FMCSA website now.

Cover image from the 2014 calendar
2014 calendar

If you're in the commercial motor vehicle industry, it's easy to sponsor a local school's student artists. Simply complete the Rules & Entry Form and send it to the school office or to a particular teacher. You might want to give them a copy of the Kids' Flyer, too.

Sponsoring a school is a great opportunity to introduce students to your industry and to teach them about highway safety.

Reilly Taylor's grand prize winning poster
Reilly Taylor, 2013 grand prize winner, Grades 3 to 6.

And to all the commercial drivers out there, whether you're sponsoring an entry, know kids who are working on a poster, or are simply logging your daily miles, we here at DOT wish you nothing but the safest of travels.

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