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UPS Freight's William Gray, Jr. is 2007 ATA National Driver of the Year

UPS Freight's William Gray, Jr. is 2007 ATA National Driver of the Year


Eric Reller

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Driver Recognized for Dedication to Safety

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – William G. Gray, Jr., a Cumberland, Md. based road driver for UPS Freight, has been named the American Trucking Associations 2007 National Truck Driver of the Year. The announcement came today at the ATA Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council's Fall Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Gray has driven over 2.7 million accident-free miles in his 28 years on the road. He competed for the national title, considered the highest honor a commercial truck driver can receive, against professionals nominated from state trucking associations.

“The trucking industry is proud to recognize Bill Gray as a professional who works hard every day to deliver what America needs - safely, efficiently and on time,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “His dedication to teaching the public safe driving practices and helping his community, as well as his stellar driving record, make Bill a very worthy Driver of the Year.” 

Some of the activities that helped Gray earn the National Driver of the Year title include teaching safe driving techniques to teens and senior citizens, working to improve highway safety as a member of the Allegany County of Maryland Safety Coalition, competing at both state and national truck driving championships, and participating in multiple charitable events. In addition to his numerous industry activities, Gray has served as a youth league sports coach, commissioner and volunteer for both softball and basketball.

“Having been the 2005 Maryland State Driver of the Year, Bill definitely established his credentials as a remarkable professional driver,” said Maryland Trucking Association President and CEO Anne Ferro. “He is a credit to the industry and we here in Maryland are very proud of him.”

Gray will also be recognized at the annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition Oct. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla.

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ATA's Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council is an organization of transportation professionals involved in claims, human resources, loss prevention, safety and security for motor carriers and interested organizations. It aims to serve, promote and create value for members and the industry through advocacy, research, education, training and peer interaction.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.