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FHWA Recognizes Highway Safety Partners Before NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race

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American Government Stock Car Racing Topics:  NASCAR, Federated Auto Parts 250

FHWA Recognizes Highway Safety Partners Before NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race

Federal Highway Administration
August 14, 1998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 14, 1998
Contact: Dave Longo
Telephone: 202-366-0456
FHWA 34-98

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Federal Highway Administration’s Deputy Administrator Gloria Jeff today presented awards to Nashville Speedway U.S.A. and the Tennessee Trucking Association for their efforts to educate race fans about how to safely "Share the Road" with large trucks.

"Safety is President Clinton’s highest transportation priority," Jeff said. "By working in partnership with the trucking industry and the NASCAR family we will communicate important highway safety messages to drivers of other vehicles."

A Tennessee Trucking Association tractor trailer will be displaying "Don’t hang out in the No-Zone" decals at the Federated Parts 250 Race and make a parade lap around the speedway before Saturday’s race.

"I think what the Department of Transportation is doing to educate people nationwide about sharing the road safely with large trucks is very important," said Bob Harmon, president of the Nashville Speedway U.S.A. "I agreed to support the No-Zone highway safety campaign because transportation is a big part of our business. I appreciate the importance of this information to help show people how to drive around large vehicles."

The FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will have a second No-Zone truck, provided by M.S. Carriers, at the NASCAR race to distribute No-Zone literature and display No-Zone safety materials.

NASCAR is America’s fastest growing spectator sport and getting highway safety messages out to fans may help influence people to become safer drivers, Jeff said.

The No-Zone public highway safety campaign includes radio and print PSAs, driver education materials, and a web site address of www.nozone.org.

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