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Kids Invited to Enter Road Safety Poster Contest

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Poster by 2010 contest winner Adam Carr of Tampa, Florida

Adam Carr, a sixth grader from Tampa, Florida, won the 2010 contest in the older group category.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade who have a parent or relative who works with trucks or buses are invited to enter the 2012 CMV kids safety belt art contest. Entries are due by February 14.

The “Be Ready, Be Buckled” art contest is designed to urge truck, bus, and all drivers to buckle up to save lives and reduce injuries. Grand prizes will be awarded to children in each of the contest’s two age categories — kindergarten through second grade, and third through sixth grade as of September 7, 2011.

Winners of the contest will be honored at the 10th annual ASSE kids’ “Safety-on-the-Job” poster contest awards ceremony events to be held in early May in Washington, D.C, as part of the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kick-off events, in celebrations that seek to increase awareness about safety on the job, according to a PDF file from

Contest entries can be a painting, a drawing, a collage, or other two-dimensional work, no larger than 11×17 inches. Twelve students featured in a 2012 calendar will be given a certificate of appreciation from the CMV Safety Belt Partnership.

The PDF file suggests children consider the following questions when creating their artwork to enter in the contest:

  • Why is it important to buckle up every time while driving a truck, bus, or other large vehicle?
  • How does the motto “Safety Belts Save Lives” apply to bus and truck drivers?
  • What does it mean to you for truck and bus drivers to buckle up while on the job?
  • What would happen if a truck or bus driver did not buckle up while on the job?

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood writing on his blog, Fast Lane, about this contest, says that the Department of Transportation’s number-one priority is auto safety:

And while we run many important safety campaigns, I like to remind people that, when you’re on the road, one of the easiest and most effective ways of improving traveling safely is to buckle up.

And that message is even more effective when it’s sent from a child to a parent.  So we’re inviting students across the country to enter the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership’s ‘Be Ready, Be Buckled’ poster contest.

LaHood reports that seat belt use increased from 48% to 78% between 2003 and 2010. But, he says, the 78% figure means that too many drivers are still not wearing seat belts. “Commercial drivers are critical to our national economy, and I’m excited to see kids taking the lead in this important initiative to keep them safe,” LaHood writes.

In a video that you can see below, some of the 2011 winners and participants talk about why they decided to enter the contest.

Keya, age 8, says, “It is very important for adults to be safe.” Grand prize winner Darby, age 8, says, “Because they might have an accident.”

2011 poster contest winner in the younger category

Darby Kim, a second grader from Centreville, Virginia, is the grand prize winner of the 2011 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest in the kindergarten through second grade age group.

Last year’s grand prize winner Lucia, age 10, says, “Since not all bus and truck drivers buckle up, I want to remind them with my art that they should.”

2011 poster contest winner 4th grade

Lucia Choi, a fourth grader from Edison, New Jersey, is the 2011 grand prize winner in the third through sixth grade age group of the "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest.

You can see some of the contest winners in the video below:

Image (top) by Fastlane, used under Fair Use: Reporting.
Images (middle and bottom) by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, used under Fair Use: Reporting.


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