Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Safety Belt Contest Winners Honored by Federal Officials

Third-grader Heather Li from Orlando, Fla., whose
winning entry displayed a Van Hool TX45 motorcoach.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro honored the winners of the 2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Safety Belt Contest Winners at a ceremony held on May 5 at the U.S. DOT Headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to an administration press release.

The national art contest is sponsored by the U.S. DOT in an effort to emphasize the role of seat belts in saving lives. The artwork of the winners and runners-up will be included in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Art Contest Calendar, which will be released in the fall.

Top honors were won by first-grader Annie Yu from Edison, N.J. and third-grader Heather Li from Orlando, Fla., whose winning entry displayed a Van Hool TX45 motorcoach, according to a press release from ABCCompanies, for whom her father, Yao Li, works in the Parts Division. In the release, he expressed his pride at his daughter's talents and precocious familiarity with different vehicle models.

“Seatbelts save lives and this contest is a positive way to engage our most precious resource, children, to promote driver safety throughout the United States,” Secretary Foxx said in the administration press release. “The calendars that feature these young artists also serve as a great year-round reminder to always buckle-up.”

At the ceremony, Administrator Ferro reported that safety belt usage among bus and medium-to-heavy duty truck drivers increased by six percent from 2010 to a 2013. “It’s a fact that when drivers and passengers buckle-up, their odds increase dramatically for surviving a crash,” she said in the release. “The results of our 2013 survey show that in just the last three years more commercial drivers are getting the message, and we will continue working through programs like the art contest to encourage the remaining 16 percent to buckle-up.”

For more information on the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Contest, visit


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