August 7, 2017 12:30 PM, EDT

ATA Leaders Express Support for ‘Super Bowl of Safety’ Competitors

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The 428 commercial drivers taking part this year in the National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships embody the commitment to safety promoted across the industry, said Kevin Burch, the chairman of American Trucking Associations.

“These championships are a great spectacle, and I couldn’t be more proud to interact with drivers from all corners of the country,” Burch, president of Ohio-based Jet Express Inc., added. “The drivers take this event very seriously and practice and study year-round in preparation for the competition. Their dedication to their craft is really remarkable and representative of the trucking industry’s strong commitment to safety.”

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“Safety and precision will be the focus of these impressive professional truck drivers during this week in Orlando as they compete for honors at the National Truck Driving Championships,” ATA President Chris Spear said. “Truck drivers work their entire careers and practice for moments like this to showcase their safety skills and compete among friends.”

The 80th annual “Super Bowl of Safety,” as it’s known throughout the trucking community, kicks off Aug. 9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The championships’ Bendix grand champion, as well as other top competitors will be honored during an Aug. 12 reception.

Burch is scheduled to address safety inspectors Aug. 11 at the convention center. The truck driving championships will coincide with the 25th annual North American Inspectors Championship, hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.