Art contest and driver jobs

A recent contest held this year highlights safety and driver jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux announced the 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest winners. Top honors go to 2nd grader Avni Choudepally of Morrisville, North Carolina, and 4th grader Lynn Sun of Livingston, New Jersey.

The winners announced exhibited exemplary creativity in communicating why all who share the road should make safety their top priority.

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Previously known as the Be Ready, Be Buckled Safety Belt Art Contest, this year’s contest expanded from emphasizing the importance of seat belt use to educating passenger vehicle drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians about sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles and working together to reduce crashes.

“All of the students who participated in this year’s contest are frequent passengers in vehicles or pedestrians themselves, so now is the perfect time to engage them in the importance of road safety,” said Deputy Administrator Gautreaux. “The winners impressed and inspired me with their originality and creativity.”

The contest is organized by the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA and more than 30 other government, safety, industry, and private organizations. These partnerships are essential to amplifying safety messages about buckling up and understanding the challenges and special considerations when traveling near or around buses and large trucks.

The two winning entries will hang in FMCSA’s headquarters and FMCSA will coordinate with each school’s administration to honor the winners. The entries from the following 12 students.