August 8, 2011

Meridian Resident is State Truck Driving Champion

Meridian, Idaho, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeffrey Halford, of Meridian, was named the best professional truck driver in Idaho after winning the Flatbed competition and receiving the highest overall score in the nine competing categories at the 2011 Idaho Truck Driving Championships. The annual event is sponsored by the Idaho Trucking Association.

Halford, who drives for Con-way Freight, now qualifies to compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships August 9-13, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. -- also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety." The winners from each of the eight other categories are also eligible to compete in the national championship.

Nearly 400 drivers from all 50 states will compete in Orlando for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. From 18-wheeler five axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers -- they will drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily. These maneuvers may include: an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop, and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.

On Saturday night, August 13, one contestant will drive away as the 2011 National Grand Champion Truck Driver.

"The Truck Driving Championships represent the culmination of the industry's passion and dedication to safety," said Idaho Trucking Association President Kathy Fowers. "I congratulate all the contestants and I hope Idaho roots for our drivers as they move on to Nationals in Orlando."

Idaho participants at Nationals for each category include:
Jeffrey Halford, Con-way Freight, Meridian, Idaho (Three-Axle)
Paul Unser, YRC, Kuna, Idaho (Flatbed)
Jeremy Alt, FedEx Freight, Mountain Home, Idaho (Four-Axle)
David Murphy, YRC, Boise, Idaho. (Five-Axle)
David Foss, Burley, Idaho (Five-Axle Sleeper)
Tim Miller, FedEx Freight, Nampa, Idaho (Twins)
Matthew Clemens, Con-way Freight, Nampa, Idaho (Tankers)
Daryl Barnett, FedEx Freight, Boise, Idaho (Straight Truck)
Randall Schwasinger, FedEx Freight, Boise, Idaho (Step Van)

ATA's Truck Driving Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the nation competing at state and regional levels to make it to the national competition Aug. 9-13 in Orlando, Fla. The NTDC annually attracts over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. For more information, visit the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships website:

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on TrucksBringIt on Twitter and Facebook.

The American Trucking Associations, including the Idaho Trucking Association, leads the effort for safer highways, focusing on greater education, enforcement and enhancement of traffic safety laws for all drivers.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations