Our Roads, Our Safety Campaign - FMCSA's latest National Safety Campaign
FMCSA Asks Everyone to “Share the Road Safely”

Promoting road awareness and safety has always been a primary objective of America’s Department of Transportation (DoT). FMCSA, aka the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, shares that vision and continues to make new efforts to improve road safety for everyone. FMCSA’s latest national safety campaign, “Our Roads, Our Safety” is its most recent attempt to increase awareness, educate people on safely sharing roads, and preventing as many accidents as possible.

FMCSA announced this new national safety campaign in collaboration with the American Trucking Association (ATA), American Automobile Association (AAA), and the American Bus Association (ABA).

Commenting on the partnership, the FMCSA’s Deputy Administrator, Daphne Jefferson says, “FMCSA is pleased to work with a group of partners that are dedicated to safety and share our agency’s goal of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses on the road. This important partnership amplifies the message that all drivers on the roadway must work together to ensure that everyone arrives safely at their destinations.”

The Executive Vice President of the Industry Affairs and C.O.O. of the American Trucking Association (ATA), Elisabeth Barna said that, “At ATA, we feel it is our duty to work alongside allies in the highway safety sector to ensure that all safety messages are shaped by the professional truck drivers dedicated to promoting highway safety in their day-to-day operations.”

She also added that “We are proud to work with ABA, AAA, and FMCSA to spread a common message that whether you are a truck driver, bus driver, or a general motorist, we are all responsible for safely sharing our nation’s highways.”

Through the “Our Roads, Our Safety” national campaign, FMCSA highlights several road tips and tricks that can save valuable lives. It is important to note that these tips aren’t just for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Instead, FMCSA shared these tips for everyone, including passenger vehicle drivers, CMV drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The goal of this campaign is to spread awareness and education, so everyone can contribute and improve road safety.

Here are some of the tips that are shared by the FMCSA:

  • Stay out of ‘No Zones’ and blind spots. FMCSA defines these ‘no zones’ as the areas 20 feet in front of a large CMV and 30 feet behind it.
  • If you can’t see the CMV driver in the truck’s side mirror, assume that he/she can’t see you either. Take protective measures and either drive slowly or move ahead to make yourself visible.
  • Be prepared for wider turns of large trucks and buses. The average turning radius of a large truck is 55 feet. Anticipate these wider turns and give truck drivers the extra space they require to take turns safely.
  • Stay focused on the road and turn off all the distractions while behind the wheels.
  • Be patient with large buses and trucks.
  • Fasten seat belts and encourage passengers to do the same.

As a supportive measure, the FMCSA has also introduced a Road Safety Art Contest for children between 5-12 years of age. The contest requires parents and teachers to encourage children to take part. Children can contribute with their artworks and safety messages on how to stay safe on the roads.

For more information regarding the FMCSA’s Our Road, Our Safety national campaign, visit the following website: www.sharetheroadsafely.gov.

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