ABF Freight driver named ATA Safety Council’s Driver of the Year

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Updated Nov 19, 2018

David Boyer, a driver with ABF Freight and an America’s Road Team Captain, has been named 2018 National Driver of the Year by American Trucking Associations‘ Safety Management Council. The announcement came at the Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, California.

Boyer is a 40-year veteran of ABF Freight and has worked for only one other trucking company in his career. He regularly operates twin trailers, over the road between Wytheville, Virginia, and Memphis, Tennessee, and drives an average of 150,000 miles per year.

He attended an October 17 White House event organized by ATA and spoke to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and President Trump about trucking and his career.

“David is a first-rate truck driver and representative of our industry, always jumping at a chance to talk about safety or share his trucking experiences with the motoring public,” said ATA EVP, Industry Affairs and COO Elisabeth Barna. “His commitment to the trucking industry, his family, and his company are as impressive as his safe driving record and we could not be more pleased that the selection committee chose David as the 2018 National Driver of the Year.”

Also honored at the even was he Trucking Association of New York, who received the 2018 ATA Excellence in Safety Award, given annually to a state trucking association making innovative and impactful progress on promoting safety to their members.

ATA also awarded three companies with its President’s Award: Sinclair Trucking Company out of Salt Lake City; Cargo Transporters of Claremont, North Carolina; and Hub Group out of Chicago, Illinois.