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Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. will conduct roadside inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, brake-system and anti-lock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial motor vehicle (CMV) brake safety.

CVSA is made up of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The American Trucking Association's (ATA) Share the Road Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia Trucking Association, is launching the Share the Road Instructional Video to demonstrate safe-driving techniques ahead of a busy Labor Day weekend. 

"With one of the biggest travel weekends of the year coming up, professional truck drivers throughout the country are hoping that all motorists make safe-driving a priority," said Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Trucking Association. "This video walks viewers through some of the most important elements of safety and explains how drivers can safely navigate around large trucks."

Vineyard said Share the Road's new instructional video addresses the 21st century's most prevalent dangerous driving habit – distracted driving – and explains the various ways that drivers may become distracted while driving. According to Share the Road professional truck drivers, eating, drinking or watching videos are activities that can be just as hazardous as texting and are done by motorists of all ages. 

Charles RandolphCharles Randolph, a professional truck driver with Pitt Ohio and a resident of Belle, was named national champion in the Straight Truck class at the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championship this past weekend. More than 440 professional truck drivers from across the country competed in the event, which was held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"We are extremely proud of Charles," said Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Trucking Association. "He is the first driver from West Virginia to earn a national title since 2004.  This honor signifies that he is one of the most skilled and experienced truck drivers in America and he is representative of the elite drivers we have in West Virginia."

Vineyard said Randolph has been a professional truck driver for 35 years – 27 of those with Pitt Ohio – and has driven more than 2.4 million miles. He qualified for the national competition by earning first place in the Straight Truck class during the West Virginia Truck Driving Championship, which was held in Charleston in June. He has competed in eight state level championships, winning his class of competition three times. Randolph has competed in three prior national championships. 

Additionally, Nick Backes, a resident of Hurricane, who is also a driver for Pitt Ohio, placed fifth nationally in the Tanker Truck class.  

Nine West Virginia professional truck drivers will compete in the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championship – also known as the Super Bowl of Safety – taking place in Indianapolis, IN, August 10 – 13, 2016.

Jan Vineyard, President of the West Virginia Trucking Association, said, “West Virginia – home to some of the safest, most professional truck drivers in America – is always well represented at this industry-revered event.  We wish our drivers the best of luck!” 

West Virginia drivers competing in the event include: 

  • First Place Straight Truck – Charles Randolph, Belle, WV; Pitt Ohio
  • First Place 3-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer – Tim Hodges, Hurricane, WV; UPS Freight
  • First Place 4-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer – Jay Thompson, Charleston, WV; UPS Freight
  • First Place 5-Axle Van – Joe Boyles, Grafton, WV; XPO Logistics
  • First Place Tank Truck – Nick Backes, Hurricane, WV; Pitt Ohio
  • First Place Flatbed – Kenneth Grimmett, Fayetteville, WV; XPO Logistics
  • First Place Twin Trailers – James Priddy, Charleston, WV; FedEx Freight
  • First Place Sleeper Berth – Clarence S. Jenkins, Jr., Poca, WV; UPS Freight
  • First Place Step Van – Robert Vance, Chapmanville, WV; FedEx Ground

Safety Should Be Number One Priority around 

Today, the West Virginia Trucking Association, in partnership with the American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road Program, is urging motorists to take care on the roads this Independence Day holiday weekend.

“Whether you’re heading to the beach, a family barbecue or to watch the fireworks and celebrate our nation’s birthday, it is important to be mindful of other vehicles and to be courteous and responsible on the road,” said Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Trucking Association.

It promises to be a record-breaking travel weekend – and summer - according to AAA, who has estimated that 43 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles from home. Those extra vehicles will create more congestion and potential for crashes.

The Share the Road Program is offering the following tips to remind motorists about some key elements of safe driving, especially relating to operating small passenger vehicles near large tractor-trailers. 

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