2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Safety Belt Contest Winners Announced

| May 10, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced first-grader Annie Yu from Edison, N.J., and third-grader Heather Li of Orlando, Fla., won top honors in the 2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest.  Foxx made the announcement at a ceremony this week.

The annual contest is organized by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.  The artwork of the two winners and ten other talented students will be included in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” calendar, available this fall.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro also reported at the ceremony that safety belt usage among bus and medium-to-heavy duty truck drivers is up six percent from 78 percent in 2010 to a new high of 84 percent in 2013.

The two contest winners received framed replicas of their artwork plus a monetary award courtesy of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

The following is a list of the 12 students whose artwork will be featured in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Art Contest calendar:

First

Last

Age

Grade

City

State

Annie

Yu

6

1

Edison

NJ

Caleb

Zhao

9

3

Potomac

MD

Lexx

Zheng

5

K

Iselin

NJ

Tanishk

Khetan

8

2

Edison

NJ

Benjamin

Wainright

8

2

West Windsor

NJ

Aaron

Pan

6

1

Edison

NJ

Alex

Li

6

1

Scotch Plains

NJ

Andy

Chen

8

2

East Brunswick

NJ

Heather

Li

8

3

Orlando

FL

Keya

Raval

10

4

Edison

WI

Megan

Schultz

11

5

Hubertus

WI

Sophie

Erkkila

11

5

Colgate

WI

To learn more about the “Be Ready, Be Buckled” contest, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt

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