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Smith & Solomon Joins with CVTA to Support DOT's Commitment

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Smith and Solomon Truck Represents Trucking Industry at Department of Transportation Photo Opportunity in Washington D.C.

New Jersey, January 30, 2012  - Smith and Solomon, a leading commercial driving school with nine schools located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, has joined with other members of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), comprised of truck driving schools across the country, to participate in the Department of Transportation’s campaign to eliminate Distracted Driving.

On Thursday, January 27 in Washington D.C., a Smith and Solomon truck was parked in front of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a special photo opportunity involving representatives of leading trucking organizations, such as CVTA and ATA, Smith and Solomon executives and Anne S.  Ferro, Administrator, U.S.  DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Deputy Administrator, William A. Bronrott.

At the event, Administrator Ferro praised the trucking industry for joining the campaign and agreeing to place “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” decals on trucks that will serve as billboards for the campaign across the country.

The Administrator then placed the decal (size 18.25”x28”) on the Smith and Solomon truck, representing what ultimately will be thousands of trucks to showcase the decal and bring national attention to the distracted driving campaign.

“We were so honored to be asked by the DOT to bring a truck to their headquarters in  our nation’s capital and represent CVTA and  our industry’s commitment to eliminating distracted driving,” said John Diab, Chief Operating Officer of Smith and Solomon. “We believe strongly in the Department of Transportation’s campaign as it reinforces the commitment we have already instituted throughout our training programs, to ensure our drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving.”

The US Department of Transportation is taking the lead in eliminating distracted driving nationwide. As part of this effort, FMCSA is working closely with other modes on a “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” consumer campaign. This campaign is targeted to the driving public and is designed to increase awareness about the dangers of using a mobile device while driving. FMCSA is asking the Commercial Motor Vehicle industry to embrace the effort to reduce distracted driving by displaying these decals on commercial vehicles.

Smith and Solomon operates nine training centers, including five in New Jersey: Bordentown, Cherry Hill, Edison, Linden and Lakewood, one school in New Castle, Delaware and three in Pennsylvania in Dupont, Norristown and Philadelphia.

For more information on Smith and Solomon, visit:  www.SmithSolomon.com.
To learn more about the Department of Transportation’s efforts to eliminate distracted driving, visit www.Distraction.gov.

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