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For Immediate Release
December 9, 2003

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

NPTC Participates in Industry Seatbelt Partnership

Alexandria, VA – The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) today participated in a new national public-private partnership to combat low safety belt use among the nation's commercial motor vehicle drivers. The announcement was prompted by a new national study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation that found only 48 percent of all commercial vehicle drivers wear safety belts.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta (seated), watches Gary F. Petty, President and Chief Executive Officer of NPTC, sign a partnership pledge to increase safety belt use by truck drivers. Joining them at the announcement were, from left, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association President James Johnston; American Trucking Associations President and CEO Governor Bill Graves; Ralph Hamilton, a commercial truck driver for Old Dominion Freight Line; Georgia CongressmanMack Collins (R-District 8); Motor Freight Carriers Association President and CEO Timothy P. Lynch; Stephen Campbell, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance; and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Annette Sandberg.

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