Sometimes truck drivers, like motorists, are reluctant to wear their seatbelts. Be Ready Be Buckled is a campaign to encourage more big rig drivers to buckle up.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that safety belt use cuts the risk of death by 60% for people riding in trucks. 51% of truck-occupant fatalities in large trucks involve rollovers. In a rollover, a truck driver is 80% less likely to die when wearing a safety belt according the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In 2011, through “The I-81 Project, ” we worked with truck drivers along Interstate 81 from Harrisonburg to Raphine, Virginia. The goal of this project was to see an increase in seatbelt usage among truck drivers in the project areas. We used mobile billboards, CB radio messaging and outreach tables at truck stops to remind commercial vehicle drivers to buckle up. Safety belt use increased slightly.
These projects work. Safety belt use among truck drivers has increased as much as 20% during past campaigns.
Check out these statistics:
Large Commercial Vehicle Crash Statistics from the FMCSA
84% of commercial motor vehicle drivers wear their safety belts.