It's no secret that I am serious about our fight to end distracted driving. For three years, DOT has been actively working to make our roads safer by getting drivers to focus on one task and one task only: driving.
Throughout that time, we've been fortunate to have terrific safety partners to help us deliver the message that one text or call could wreck it all. And I'm happy to add the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) to the roster of organizations and companies supporting our work.
Last month, a semi from Smith & Solomon, a commercial driving school, pulled up in front of DOT headquarters here in Washington, DC. Driver John Diab, the CVTA Vice Chair and Smith & Solomon's Chief Operating Officer, was greeted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro, Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott, and CVTA Executive Director Mike O'Connell.
An hour later, Diab's truck was festooned with large decals bearing our signature message.
The "One Text or Call Could Wreck it All" decals were designed to be large so they would be easy to see wherever the truck goes. And, with the support of the CVTA, we hope trucks all over America will soon be carrying this important safety message.
As Administrator Ferro said, "It is powerful to have the trucking industry behind us, enhancing our campaign against distracted driving, because as traveling billboards, those trucks are so visible to other drivers across the country."
Said driver John Diab, “We are honored to represent CVTA and our industry’s commitment to eliminating distracted driving. We believe strongly in DOT’s campaign because it reinforces our commitment--instituted throughout our training programs--to ensure our drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving.”
Well, John, to see the nation's commercial drivers take up the banner in this important safety mission is really something, so I think the honor is all ours.