ATLANTA (April 27, 2005) — Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has declared the week of April 24-30 “Tire Safety Week” in the state.
The governor sent the Proclamation to Donald Shea, president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) in Washington, as well as several tire manufacturers with facilities in Georgia, including Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) Inc.
The tire safety proclamation—the governor's third in three years—came with the kick-off of National Tire Safety Week, which the RMA initiated four years ago in conjunction with its “Be Tire Smart—Play Your Part” program to heighten consumer awareness of the importance of proper tire maintenance.
“Being tire smart not only affects your personal safety, but also your pocket book,” said Guy Mannino, Rome, Ga.-based PTNA's president and CEO. “Under-inflated tires waste 4 million gallons of gasoline daily at a cost of $3 billion per year. RMA's survey further shows that some 30 percent of motorists drive around with at least one badly under-inflated tire, while 10 percent have at least one bald tire. These are things that we can control easily by Being Tire Smart.”