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Student contest winners illustrate seat belt use.

At a ceremony in May 2015 at USDOT headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary Foxx honored two elementary school students who won top honors in the 2015 "Be Ready. Be Buckled " student art contest. Fourth grader Heather Li of Orlando, FL, and second grader Julia Oil of Livingston, NJ, each received framed replicas of their artwork, plus a monetary award.

The annual art contest is organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, NHTSA, and 30 other government agencies and private organizations. It is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who also have a sponsor in the commercial truck and bus industries. The contest focuses on urging drivers of trucks, buses, and all other commercial motor vehicles to buckle up to saves lives and reduce injuries.

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Contest judges select the artwork that best illustrates "the importance of commercial motor vehicle drivers buckling up" with the overarching message of "safety belts save lives." In addition to the grand prize winners in each of two age categories, the submissions of 10 other students will be featured in a 2016 calendar.

Since 2007, overall safety belt use for drivers has steadily increased each year from 65 percent to a current high of 84 percent.

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For more information, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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