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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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FROM THE CEO

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NATIONAL NEWS

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INDUSTRY & FEDERAL NEWS

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STATE NEWS

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ELECTION RESULTS

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NEW FEDEX FACILITY

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OKLAHOMA CHALLENGE

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YEAR IN REVIEW

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ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION MEET THE STAFF

ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of Board | Bob Acker Bruckner Truck Sales

CEO | Jim Newport (P) 405.525.9488 x3 jimnewport@oktrucking.org Director of Events | Rebecca Chappell (P) 405.525.9488 x1 rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org

General Counsel | George Gibbs Gibbs Armstrong & Borochoff, P.C. 1st Vice Chair | Jo-Don Clanton Pioneer Transport 2nd Vice Chair | Adam Dye Southwest Trailers & Equipment Past Chairman | Greg Price United Petroleum Transports David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc. Joe Hill | United Petroleum Transports Zac Kannady | LuGreg Trucking, LLC Bonne Karim | TMC Representative Jim Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line LaVern McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line Bob Peterson | Melton Truck Lines, Inc. Bobby Smith | Premier Truck Group Danny Smith | UPS David Snapp | Groendyke Transports

THANK YOU SPONSORS Throughout the year we turn to our partners to work toward successful events, programs and operations! We are thankful for each of our sponsors and would like to highlight our top donors. Without each of our members and investors we would not be able to achieve our mission!

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FROM THE CEO

Members, As “the voice of trucking” in Oklahoma we strive to protect, promote, and provide for our association members throughout the year. One of the primary functions of the OTA is advocacy (lobbying) at the State Capitol. Our “voice” especially needs to be heard there. We cannot be heard if we don’t financially participate in the campaigns of legislators. Each election year, Oklahoma voters may send dozens of brand-new legislators to vote on laws affecting you. Additionally, between 2,500 – 3,000 new bills that could possibly become state law are filed by these legislators every year.

We have fought and defeated bills that would turn truck drivers into criminals for driving in an improper lane (that would have otherwise been legal), or for failing to get a certain signature upon delivery. We have fought unfair taxation and have worked to protect your business and way of life. We annually introduce legislators to our champion drivers at the capitol, so legislators don’t forget the importance of trucking. An old political saying goes like this, “if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu!” OK TruckPAC Political Action Committee (PAC) Your OTA Board leads the way by example in making an annual donation commitment to the OK TruckPAC. Every individual whose livelihood is related to trucking, should do the same. Please consider making a commitment today at any level for this important cause. Strengthen your “Voice of Trucking” in Oklahoma. The easy way to contribute can be done by contacting the OTA or downloading a contribution form online at: http://oktrucking.org/oktruckpac

Jim Newport

President/CEO Oklahoma Trucking Association

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NATIONAL NEWS FMCSA STREAMLINES PROCESS ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS WITH PROPERLY MANAGED DIABETES TO OPERATE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES September 19, 2018 | FMCSA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule revising federal regulations permitting individuals with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulintreated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. Previously, individuals with ITDM were prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtained an exemption from FMCSA. The action removes major administrative and financial burdens for this population of CMV operators while maintaining a high level of safety. The rule enables a certified medical examiner (ME) to grant an individual with ITDM a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, MCSA-5876, for up to 12 months.  To do so, the treating clinician – the healthcare professional who manages, and prescribes insulin for, the treatment of the individual’s diabetes – provides the ITDM Assessment Form, MCSA-5870, to the certified ME indicating that the individual maintains a stable insulin regimen and proper control of his or her diabetes.  The certified ME is then responsible for determining if the individual meets FMCSA’s physical qualification standards and can operate CMVs in interstate commerce. “This final action delivers economic savings to affected drivers and our agency, and streamlines processes by

eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and redundancy,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. “It’s a win-win for all parties involved.” The final rule will eliminate the exemption program that currently requires individuals with ITDM to incur recurring costs to renew and maintain their exemptions.  FMCSA estimates this will save the nearly 5,000 individuals with ITDM that currently have exemptions more than $5 million per year more than what they would endure under the exemption program.  The final rule will also save new ITDM exemption applicants and their associated motor carriers approximately $215,000 annually in opportunity and compliance costs related with the exemption program’s waiting period. As an agency, FMCSA will save more than $1 million per year over the next three years in costs associated with administering the diabetes exemption program. A copy of the final rule announced today is available online: https://www.federalregister.gov/ documents/2018/09/19/2018-20161/qualifications-of-driversdiabetes-standard. The following link offers more about FMCSA’s Medical Program Division: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/ medical.

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NATIONAL NEWS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RELEASES “PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION: AUTOMATE VEHICLES 3.0” October 4, 2018 | US DOT

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he first joint, multi-modal guidance document for on-road surface transportation automation WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system. ‘Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0’ (AV 3.0) builds upon—but does not replace—voluntary guidance provided in ‘Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety.’ “The safe integration of automated vehicle technology into our transportation system will increase productivity, facilitate freight movement and create new types of jobs,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. AV 3.0 incorporates the results of extensive stakeholder engagement to provide updated voluntary guidance and policy considerations for a range of industry sectors, including: manufacturers and technology developers, infrastructure owners and operators, commercial motor carriers, bus transit, and State and local governments. AV 3.0 supports the safe development of automated vehicle technologies by: • Providing new multi-modal safety guidance • Reducing policy uncertainty and clarifying roles • Outlining a process for working with USDOT as technology evolves Specifically, the new AV 3.0 guidance provides several updates to the Department’s initiatives relating to automated vehicles, by: • Stating that the Department will interpret and, consistent with all applicable notice and comment requirements, adapt the definitions of “driver” or “operator” as appropriate to recognize that such terms do not refer exclusively to a human, but may include an automated system. • Identifying and supporting the development of automation-related voluntary standards developed through

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organizations and associations, which can be an effective non-regulatory means to advance the integration of automation technologies. • Affirming that the Department is continuing its work to preserve the ability for transportation safety applications store documents. In an of spectrum. instant communication, on- “More than 5,000 spectators gathered for the Pro-Am to function in the 5.9era GHz the-fl y information access, and tech-savvy workforce, this Classic, and the Saint Francis/Tulsa Tough-race now A. AV 3.0 also announces and discusses several upcoming rulemakings and other actions being taken in thehas near state of affairs is fast becoming obsolete, Scott believes. 2,000 participants and 60,000 spectators! This is huge future by the Department’s operating administrations, including: for our economy. So how is it that Oklahoma is considered B. Michigan The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will request comment a proposal The Department of Transportation, a leader in one of the worst places public in the country toon cycle? We areto “e-construction,” that the saves itapproxranked in the nation. The answer, in part, is road streamline estimates and modernize theagency procedures will follow when45th processing and deciding exemption petitions. imately $12 million in added efficiencies and 6 million access. Road Diets can have a significant impact without C. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration will initiate an Advance NoticeWe of Proposed pieces of paper annually by usingSafety electronic document (FMCSA) increasing our transportation budget. do, however, to address automated vehicles, particularly gaps, including in the areas of storageRulemaking for its $1 billion construction program, while re- needtotoidentify follow regulatory through with funding earmarked for this ducinginspection, its contractrepair, modifiand cation processing for time from 30 activity, as other states have.” maintenance ADS. days 3 days. D. toThe Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces plans to update the 2009 Manual on Uniform The League of American Bicyclists has encouraged Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), taking into on consideration new connected automated vehicle The second half of Scott’s interim study would focus states to consider five keyand areas when hoping to improve technologies. implementing a process known as “Road-Diets” – that is, bike-friendly standings: legislation and enforcement, redefi space such as(FRA) converting policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, educaE. ning The existing Federalhighway Railroadlane Administration is initiating research to develop and demonstrate a concept of an existing four-lane, undivided roadway segment that tion/encouragement, and evaluation and planning. operations, including system requirements, for the use of automated and connected vehicles to improve safety serves both through and turning traffic into a three-lane of highway-rail crossings. segment with two through lanes and a center, two-way, June 12 was the deadline for submission of interim study left-turn lane. requests in the state House ofand Representatives, and F. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) and FMCSA are evaluating the regulatory economic feasibility House Speaker Jeff Hickman said he will announce of using automated truck queueing as a technology solution to truck staging, access, and parking issues at by The reclaimed space could be allocated for other uses, July 10 which studies he has authorized. ports. such as bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, bus lanes G. The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) is researching the ability to enable the and/or parking. digital transmission of information to first responders before they arrive at an incident that involves hazardous “Cycling in Oklahoma is exploding both as a form of exercise tomaterials. improve health and as a competitive sport,” Scott The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has published a five-year research plan on automating bus transit. said. The draft Guidance will be published in the Federal Register for public review and comment. More information on the Department’s work on automated vehicle systems can be found at www.transportation.gov/av.

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INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS

NEW ATRI RESEARCH SHOWS TRUCKING INDUSTRY’S OPERATIONAL COSTS CONTINUE TO CLIMB

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October 2, 2018 | ATRI

rlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2018 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.  Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2017 – providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and government agencies with a baseline for future transportation infrastructure improvement analyses. With economic activity strengthening in 2017, the average marginal cost per mile incurred by motor carriers increased six percent to $1.69.  Cost increases were broadbased in 2017, with growth in nearly every major lineitem over the year.  Driver wages increased for the fifth consecutive year and the combined cost of driver wages and benefits represent 43 percent of the overall cost per mile. Fuel prices rebounded from decade-lows and the growing cost and sophistication of newer truck models continues to drive up costs for both purchasing and repair and maintenance.  Motor carrier operational costs have now

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surpassed the 10-year average since ATRI began its annual Ops Costs research. ATRI’s 2018 report also includes a new “Industry Sector in Focus” analysis, this year reporting operational costs for tank fleet operators. “ATRI’s Operational Costs research is such a powerful tool for fleets of all sizes. Better understanding how our costs stack up against our industry peers enables us to implement operational efficiencies and improve our bottom line,” said Dean Kaplan, K-Limited Carrier CEO. Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received over 16,000 requests for the Operational Costs reports. A copy of this report is available online: http://atrionline.org/2018/10/02/an-analysis-of-the-operational-costsof-trucking-2018-update/ ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-forprofit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.


INDUSTRY AND FEDERAL NEWS

DRIVER SHORTAGE ONCE AGAIN RANKS AS TRUCKING INDUSTRY’S TOP CONCERN

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October 28, 2018 | ATRI

ustin, Texas – The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its Top Industry Issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.  For the second year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue. The need to recruit qualified truck drivers is not a new issue for the industry.  In fact, the Driver Shortage has been a top-three issue in 12 out of the 14 years that ATRI has conducted this survey. However, the driver shortage has held firm as the number one issue as strong freight demand and an aging workforce increase pressure on motor carriers to recruit and retain the best talent. The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 1,500 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today at the 2018 American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas. The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also includes prioritized strategies for addressing each issue. The number two issue in this year’s survey is the Hoursof-Service rules, driven in large part by the industry’s call for increased flexibility in the rules, particularly the sleeper berth

provision. Reflecting the industry’s challenges in recruiting and retaining professional drivers, this year’s number three issue is Driver Retention, up two spots from last year. Industry concern over the ELD Mandate has abated some since the final rule went into effect last December, as evidenced by a drop in ranking from the number two issue in 2017 to the number four issue this year.  The lack of available truck parking rounds out this year’s top five but remains as the number two issue among commercial drivers. “I’ve spent the past year traveling the country as ATA Chairman and everywhere I go, people talk about how we’ve got to resolve our workforce challenges if we’re going to keep this nation’s economy moving forward,” said Dave Manning, TCW, Inc. President.  “ATRI’s annual analysis lays out the industry’s preferred strategies for not only addressing our workforce issues, but HOS, truck parking, and congestion as well.” ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-forprofit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI online at atri-online.org. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q

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STATE NEWS

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION UPDATED ON DRIVERLESS VEHICLES, REGIONAL TRANSIT GRANTS; AWARDS $78 MILLION IN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS October 3, 2018 | Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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ighlights of the Oklahoma Transportation

companies in transportation, AAA, cities, counties,

Commission’s meeting Monday, Oct. 1, included

state agencies, the trucking association, universities

an update on the Driving Oklahoma Working

and municipal planning agencies. “As we look to

Group’s involvement with autonomous vehicles,

the future on what to expect and what we need to

federal grants to regional transit agencies, a county

change, we want to be ready for whatever is coming

bridge ribbon cutting and an update on federal

in the autonomous vehicle arena – that would be

funding. In addition, projects were approved to

state statutes, municipal ordinances and the like,”

install sidewalks in Yukon, rehabilitate a bridge

Patterson said.

on US-270 over US-270B in Shawnee and highway reconstruction and bridge replacement on US-64

million in federal grants ODOT received recently for

near Cleveland.

upgrades to public transportation fleets and facilities

Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director/Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson told the commission that autonomous

operated by 13 rural Oklahoma transit agencies that serve 66 counties. Nearly $3.9 million of the funds were distributed

vehicles are in the near future. The Driving Oklahoma

to rural Oklahoma transit agencies to purchase new or

Working Group is a partnership exploring policies

replacement vehicles (vans, minivans and buses), plus

and safety of these vehicles.

cameras and radios. Almost $407,600 of the grant

The Working Group involves industries and

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Patterson also briefed commissioners on the $4.28

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funds will be used to complete bus maintenance and


operations facility upgrades at two of the agencies,

highway reconstruction and bridge replacement on US-

one of which also received funds to buy vehicles.

64 near Cleveland in Pawnee County.

He also updated the Commissioners on President

Commissioners voted to award 25 contracts

Trump’s recent approval of a continuing resolution

totaling more than $78 million to improve highways,

budget bill to extend federal funding to DOTs through

roads and bridges in 22 counties. Contracts were

December 7. While this will provide funding to

awarded for projects in Blaine, Bryan, Canadian,

several projects in future lettings, it is a temporary fix

Craig, Creek, Custer, Greer, Johnston, LeFlore, Love,

until the federal budget is signed in the spring.

McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Nowata, Oklahoma,

Also mentioned was a ribbon cutting for a county

Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie,

project on MacArthur Blvd. in Deer Creek. As part

Seminole and Tulsa counties. A list of all awarded

of the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges

contracts may be found by visiting www.odot.org/

program, this bridge construction was crucial to

contracts, selecting the September 2018 letting,

combating flooding in the Deer Creek area and is

clicking Go, then Award.

the result of a vital partnership between the county

The eight-member panel, appointed by the

and the state. Gov. Fallin and transportation officials

governor to oversee the state’s transportation

attended the event Wednesday.

development, awards project contracts for road and

The Commission voted to award a $780,000 project

bridge construction every month. The commission’s

to construct nearly two miles of sidewalks at various

next meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

location in Yukon, including along Route 66; a $1.86

Contracts, bid information, the commission’s

million project to reconstruct the US-270 bridge over

monthly agenda and project details can be viewed

US-270B in north Shawnee and a nearly $14 million

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STATE NEWS OKLAHOMA RECEIVES REAL ID EXTENSION THROUGH OCTOBER 2019 September 28, 2018 | Governor Mary Fallin’s Office

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KLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced they have been notified that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted the state’s REAL ID extension through Oct. 10, 2019. This means the federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver’s licenses and ID cards until that time. “This is great news for Oklahomans, and means there will be no restrictions on individuals using Oklahoma licenses to f ly or access federal buildings through October 10 of next year,” said Fallin. “Oklahoma is actively working towards full compliance.” Public Safety Commissioner Rusty Rhoades said: “There have been many questions recently about Oklahoma’s status regarding REAL ID. DPS is actively working towards making Oklahoma REAL ID compliant and will use this time to gain compliance.”

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to make driver’s licenses harder to forge. Oklahoma legislators in 2007 passed a bill forbidding the state from meeting provisions of the act. Lawmakers in 2017 passed legislation that was signed by the governor, which allowed state officials to begin work on building a compliant system. That includes training tag agents and creating a centralized office to handle card manufacturing and storage. There are 43 total requirements that must be met by states to be in full compliance. Oklahoma currently is in full compliance with 30 of those requirements, partial compliance with 12, and only one non-compliant. The one non-compliant is the final certification letter that the state can’t complete until it has the system in place to issue the documents. For more information and frequently asked questions, go to the USDHS website or the DPS website.

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STATE NEWS

COMMISSION APPROVES SINGLE LARGEST ODOT CONTRACT December 5, 2018 | Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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ighlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday, Dec. 3, meeting included commission approval of the single largest contract for highway work in Oklahoma Department of Transportation history, acceptance of an award for an ODOT bridge project in northeastern Oklahoma, updates on federal transportation funding and ODOT’s completion of federal certification to oversee safety of rail transit systems. The commission awarded several construction contracts, including a contract for a city street project on Britton Rd. in The Village. The commission voted to award the single largest construction contract in ODOT history for the next phase of work on the I-235 corridor in Oklahoma City. The up to $105 million project will complete the widening of I-235 from north of N. 50th St. to N.W. 63rd St. and reconstruct the junction of I-235 and I-44 to a multi-level interchange with flyover ramps. This is one of the state’s busiest interchanges, with about 200,000 vehicles navigating the area each day. Transportation commissioners joined ODOT senior staff in celebrating the Tulsa-based Division Eight as they were honored with the Pharaoh Award from the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors. The award recognizes ODOT’s Claremore Residency and contractor Jensen Construction of Sand Springs, for a recent project to rehabilitate the eastbound US-412 bridge over the Verdigris River in Rogers County. The $15 million project replaced the eastbound bridge deck and beams in addition to other substructure repairs. The Pharaoh Award is presented each year for the highest quality bridge structure in Oklahoma and is a tribute to the Pharaoh family of Henryetta, one of the state’s pioneers in bridge construction. Executive Director Mike Patterson briefed the commission on the current continuing resolution authorizing federal funding, which expires Friday, Dec. 7. Patterson told commissioners that he expects the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump to take action on another short-term funding reauthorization by the Friday deadline, again avoiding a preferred long-term solution but still preserving federal funding for transportation projects. Patterson also highlighted ODOT’s recent certification by the Federal Transit Administration to provide safety oversight of fixed guideway rail transit systems, which includes the Oklahoma City Streetcar. The department was required to create an oversight

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program to meet federal requirements for safety and security of such transit systems. Oklahoma was one of the first states to receive this certification from the FTA, which is necessary for the upcoming launch of the new streetcar service operated by the City of Oklahoma City and ensures that Oklahoma will continue to receive federal funding for public transit operations statewide. The commission awarded contracts for a nearly $26 million project to reconstruct three miles of US-59 near Watts in Adair County, a nearly $17.6 million project to reconstruct eight miles of SH-53 near Springer in Carter County and a more than $12 million project to reconstruct nearly four miles of US-270/US-183 in Woodward County. Also awarded was a nearly $4 million contract to reconstruct one mile of Britton Rd. in The Village using federal and local funds. Altogether, commissioners voted to award 32 contracts totaling more than $194 million to improve highways, roads and bridges in 24 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects in Adair, Beaver, Beckham, Bryan, Canadian, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Custer, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Haskell, Jackson, Love, Murray, Noble, Oklahoma, Seminole, Texas, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washita and Woodward counties. A list of all awarded contracts can be found by visiting www.odot.org/contracts, selecting the November 2018 letting, clicking Go, then Award. The eight-member Transportation Commission, appointed by the governor to oversee the state’s transportation development, awards contracts every month for road and bridge construction. The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Contracts, bid information, the commission’s monthly agenda and project details can be viewed at www.odot.org. Next phase of I-235 work in Oklahoma City gets green light from commission At its Monday, Dec. 3 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted to award the single largest contract in Oklahoma Department of Transportation history for the next phase of I-235 reconstruction in Oklahoma City. The up to $105 million project will complete the widening of the interstate to six lanes and reconstruct the busy I-235 and I-44 interchange, pictured here. The project is expected to begin in early 2019 and is estimated to take 785 days.


STATE IMPACT

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he 2018 general election is over and voters selected Republican Kevin Stitt of Tulsa as the state’s 28th governor. Governor-elect Stitt defeated Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell by capturing over 54% of the vote. Republican Matt Pinnell, also of Tulsa, is the lieutenant governor-elect.  Other statewide Republican secondary office winners were Mike Hunter (Attorney General), Cyndi Byrd (Auditor), Glen Mulready (Insurance Commissioner), Leslie Osborn (Labor Commissioner), Joy Hofmeister (Superintendent), Randy McDaniel (Treasurer) and Bob Anthony (Corporation Commission). The gubernatorial inauguration and swearing in of statewide officials is January 14. In the state legislature, Republicans added three members to its House majority and will enter the 2019 legislative session with a 76-25 advantage. Democrats gained one seat in the Senate with Republicans maintaining control at 39-9. Fifty-six new legislators will take the oath of office November 14 and 15 following over 40 new legislators who won election in 2016. Over 70% of legislators will have four or less years of experience when the first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature convenes February 4. Of the five state questions on the ballot, only SQ 794 (Marcy’s Law) gained approval by voters. On the congressional front, Oklahoma’s U.S. House delegation will have two new members: Republican Kevin Hern (CD 1) and Democrat Kendra Horn (CD 5). Hern captured an open seat vacated by former Rep. Jim Bridenstine who resigned prior to his term ending in order to accept President Trump’s appointment as NASA administrator. Horn defeated two-term incumbent Rep. Steve Russell to become the first Democrat to win the seat in 44 years. Incumbent Republican Reps. Markwayne Mullin (CD 2), Frank Lucas (CD 3) and Tom Cole (CD 4) easily won reelection. Neither of Oklahoma’s U.S. Senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, were up for reelection this year. Nationally, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the House during the next Congress, however Republicans added to their slim Senate majority. Please see below a recap of the Oklahoma election. STATE LEGISLATURE Republicans and Democrats lost seats in Tuesday’s legislative races, which highlighted a sharp urban-rural divide in Oklahoma politics. Every seat Republicans lost were in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.

Democrats lost seats in rural Oklahoma, plus one Senate district that covers Lawton and another in Tulsa. In the Oklahoma House, Republicans netted three new seats and now have a 76-25 majority. Three Democratic incumbents lost. House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, state Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, and Tulsa state Rep. Karen Gaddis were the only sitting lawmakers ousted by voters Tuesday. Democrats performed better in urban areas as we’ve seen essentially across the country. Regardless, House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City said he believes the outcome of Tuesday’s election means Oklahomans want Republicans to continue to govern. A dozen Republican incumbents (1 Senator and 11 House members) were beaten in primary elections earlier this year. GOVERNOR Kevin Stitt, a self-made millionaire from Tulsa who vowed to bring a CEO’s playbook to the state capitol, will become Oklahoma’s 28th governor, reaching the state’s chief executive position in his first bid for elected office of any kind. Stitt beat Democrat Drew Edmondson by nearly 12 percentage points, a wide margin of victory following a race that many polls labeled a close contest. With more than 1.1 million votes cast, Stitt received 643,563 votes; Edmondson had 500,059; and Libertarian Chris Powell received 40,733 votes. LT. GOVERNOR Matt Pinnell, a business owner and former Republican Party official, will be the next lieutenant governor after winning easily Tuesday over Democratic state Sen. Anastasia Pittman and independent Ivan Holmes. With 1,924 of 1,951 precincts reporting Pinnell, 39, of Tulsa, received 717,720 votes, or 61.9 percent; Pittman, 47, of Oklahoma City, received 400,429 votes, 34.5 percent; and Holmes, 81, of Oklahoma City, received 41,555 votes, 3.6 percent. ATTORNEY GENERAL Attorney General Mike Hunter, defeated Democrat Mark Myles Tuesday in the general election after surviving the GOP runoff election in August by just 271 votes. Hunter had 750,082 votes (64 percent) and Myles had 421,212 votes (36 percent). Hunter was appointed attorney general last year after Scott Pruitt left to become the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q

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SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT Joy Hofmeister on Tuesday again beat Democrat John Cox to win re-election to a second four-year term. Hofmeister had 686,839 votes (58.5 percent), Cox had 396,457 votes (33.7 percent) and independent Larry Huff had 90,407 votes (7 percent). LABOR COMMISSIONER State Rep. Leslie Osborn beat two opponents to become the next labor commissioner. With all precincts reporting, she had 717,109 votes (61.7 percent), Democrat Fred Dorrell had 388,825 votes (33.4 percent) and independent Brandt Dismukes had 55,746 (4.8 percent). INSURANCE COMMISSIONER With all precincts reporting, longtime insurance professional and former state representative Glen Mulready had 719,423 votes (62 percent) to win election as insurance commissioner. Democrat Kimberly Fobbs had 441,422 votes (38 percent) TREASURER Term limited state representative Randy McDaniel won his bid for state treasurer. With all precincts reporting, the Edmond lawmaker had 778,930 votes (72 percent) while independent candidate Charles de Coune had 309,175 votes (28 percent). STATE AUDITOR Deputy State Auditor Cindy Byrd beat her Libertarian opponent to take over as state auditor. With all precincts reporting, Byrd had 818,077 votes (75 percent) while John Yeutter had 270,016 votes (25 percent). STATE QUESTIONS Four of the five state questions failed. STATE QUESTION 793 State Question 793, which sought to loosen restrictions on optometry practices within larger retailers, was narrowly defeated. The measure pitted Walmart and other large retailers, who backed the measure financially, against optometrists, with optometrists emerging with a victory. State Question 793 failed Tuesday, only garnering 49.76 percent of the vote. With all 1,951 precincts reporting, 579,741 voted for the measure with 585,355 voting against. STATE QUESTION 794 State Question 794 passed easily Tuesday night, garnering nearly 78 percent votes in favor of the measure. With all precincts reporting, 904,308 voted yes, with 254,966 voting no. State Question 794 would amend the Oklahoma

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Constitution to expand the rights of crime victims. Proponents of the measure, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, argued it would ensure victims have rights more equal to the constitutional rights of those who are accused of crimes. STATE QUESTION 798 State Question 798 failed Tuesday night, garnering only 45.91 percent in favor of the measure. With all precincts reporting, 528,110 voted yes, with 622,233 voting no. State Question 798 would have changed the current system in which Oklahoma nominees for governor and lieutenant governor run separately. The joint ticket was one of the government reforms proposed early this year by the Step Up Oklahoma coalition of business and community leaders. STATE QUESTION 800 State Question 800 failed Tuesday night, garnering only 42.78 percent in favor of the measure. With all precincts reporting, 488,135 voted yes, with 652,984 voting no. State Question 800 would have diverted 5 percent of gross production tax collections to a new state budget reserve fund called the Oklahoma Vision Fund. Supporters argued the measure would help smooth out the state’s boom-and-bust budget cycles. Opponents said it could erode millions of dollars for state services, including education. STATE QUESTION 801 State Question 801 failed Tuesday night, garnering only 49.59 percent in favor of the measure. With all precincts reporting, 572,151 voted yes, with 581,504 voting no. State Question 801 would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution to allow local school districts to use property tax dollars on teacher pay and other operational costs. OK CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5 FLIPS In a political upset for the history books, Kendra Horn broke a 44-year Republican hold on Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district Tuesday, turning the Oklahoma Cityarea district blue for the first time since the mid-1970’s. Defying expectations, polls, experts, opponents and history itself, Horn defeated U.S. Rep. Steve Russell in a race that went down to the wire. Horn garnered 121,013 votes, or 51 percent of the total, to Russell’s 117,725 votes, or 49 percent. Russell, of Choctaw, was a former State Senator and a two term Congressman. The incumbent Republican in a Republican district was the clear favorite. Specific races  including judge retention’s may be found at the Oklahoma State Election Board 2018 Results (FEDERAL, STATE, LEGISLATIVE and JUDICIAL RACES).


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n today’s technology driven world there are numerous distractions. Driver distraction is on the rise and leading to more incidents in the Commercial Motor Vehicle industry. According to Federal Motor Carrier Administration, distracted driving is the diversion of attention from activities critical for safe driving to a competing activity. There are three types of distractions that contribute to daily incidents. These distractions include visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions. Distracted driving is the single largest contributing factor to traffic crashes today. There are many visual distractions around us. In the cabs of our modern trucks there are multiple devices intended to help our drivers’ daily activities however are posing opportunity for distraction. The technology includes GPS, ELDs, Dispatch devices and digital displays on the dash. This equipment creates a daily challenge for drivers to balance between distraction and safety for the motoring public. The visual distractions are also contributing factors to manual distractions. Manual distractions are defined as any distraction that causes a driver to take one or both hands off the wheel. These distractions include using a cell phone, eating, changing the radio, and responding to messages on dispatch device. These distractions are in total control of the driver. In a sense the drivers choose the risk is worth the reward. However, they are putting themselves and the general public in potential danger. While manual distractions are within the drivers controls, there are distractions that are taking place that the driver may not even be aware of. These distractions are referred to as cognitive distractions. Cognitive distraction transpires when a driver diverts his or her attention to another mentally demanding task. Furthermore, even if a driver is using

a hands-free device they could be distracted by the conversation, or if a driver suffers from pain or anxiety it is a potential for a cognitive distraction. Something as simple as daydreaming is linked to a distraction. In short, the three different types of distractions are resulting in a rise in incidents and accidents. According to CVSA nearly all crashes in which distracted driving is a contributing factor usually involve a combination of two or all three types of distractions. Statistics show that more than 9 people are killed per day in a motor vehicle crash involving a distracted driver. Distractions are all around us. We have distractions in the cab of the vehicles and out on the roads. One way to think about a distraction is to ask yourself if something is drawing your attention and taking your eyes away from the road ahead of you. If the answer is “yes,” it is probably a distraction. We could go on for pages and pages about all the different distractions at any given moment. As an industry we need to work together to remove these distractions and keep the drivers focused. Greg Gorham United Petroleum Transports Senior Director of Safety. On behalf of Joe Jill, OSSC Chairman.

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TA joined member company FedEx in celebrating their ribbon cutting event on October 16. Evan Oneto with FedEx western states Government Affairs team made the invitation. Newport in turn secured the Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Senate Transportation Chair Darcy Jech to also attend. Craig Smith from Congressman Steve Russell’s office was also in attendance. FedEx hosted a large crowd and adorned the event with hors d’oeuvres, facility tours, and even fired up the FedEx #11 Toyota NASCAR.

Package volumes for FedEx Ground have more than doubled in the last decade, and we have opened 17 new hubs and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities since 2005 to account for this tremendous growth. We continue to strategically invest in our network – including this new station in Oklahoma City – to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network.

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OKLAHOMA SKILLSUSA STUDENTS ATTEND SAFE DRIVING EVENT

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l Reno, Okla. (November 2, 2018) – Large oil equipment, the “Share the Road” national semi-truck, driving with impaired goggles around cones, a wrecked car in which a family was killed by a distracted driver, a high energy game show format along with multiple other safe driving, safe walking interactive learning opportunities will fill the day for over 600 SkillsUSA students who are gathering in El Reno at the Oklahoma Challenge conference to learn ways they can reduce crashes, injuries and deaths in their local communities. “This Oklahoma Challenge conference is unique because it encourages teens to address safe driving in the western part of Oklahoma where young people are driving distracted around large trucks and other oil and gas equipment” said Richard Coberg, Ph.D., Founder of the Oklahoma Challenge Project. “We are proud to be working with Oklahoma’s SkillsUSA student group and the Energize for Safety Coalition to have teens talking to teens about this lifesaving issue. They will be taking this message back to their campuses to spread the word. They listen to each other.” “In our Oklahoma communities where energy is developed or transported, everyone plays a role in safety” said Tom Robins, Founder and President of the Energize for Safety Coalition. “Recently we did a poll of oil and gas leaders focused on safety issues in the western part of Oklahoma and distracted driving, especially by youth, was one of the top concerns. We are excited to help bring these students a day of learning and experiencing traffic safety in a personal, hands-on way with industry leaders sharing their experience.” Several national programs are highlighting this event. On the agenda is the Share the Road program which tours the country to promote safety on the highways by meeting with policy makers, schools’ groups, drivers’ education classes, members of the media and community networks. ThinkFast Interactive, an evidence-informed prevention intervention, uniquely designed to educate young people, connecting them in a game-show format to relevant information related to traffic-safety issues. In addition to hearing from these experts, event attendees are treated to lunch courtesy of the Oklahoma National Guard. The goal of the Oklahoma Challenge is

to reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries throughout the state due to distracted driving. While at the recent FCCLA conference, local students learned more about the growing problem of distracted driving, current laws against texting and driving and ways in which they can develop a plan to raise awareness and change behavior around the issue in their community. Each SkillsUSA chapter was given signs to put in their technology campus parking lots for a visual reminder of the Oklahoma laws against texting and driving and speeding and the enforcement of seat belt use. Every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes involving a driver who was distracted in some way. Each year, over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries. Each day nine people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Seat belts saved an estimated 14,668 lives and could have saved an additional 2,456 people if they had been wearing seat belts. “Most people do not realize the enormity of the distracted driving epidemic, which disproportionally hurts and kills young drivers who are learning to drive yet driving distracted. It can be a deadly combination.” Linda Terrell, Oklahoma Challenge Director said. “The problem is very serious in Oklahoma, where traffic crashes account for 44 percent of all teen deaths.” Other groups presenting traffic safety information include Safe Kids, SAFE – Seatbelts Are For Everyone, ATV Ridesafe Oklahoma, AAA, the Oklahoma Insurance Dept, Oklahoma Operation Lifesaver, Pioneer Telephone Commit to Drive Don’t Text, and the National and Oklahoma Safety Council. Founded in 1984, the Oklahoma Challenge Project is offered through a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office with financial support from State Farm, the Energize for Safety Coalition and the Oklahoma National Guard and is delivered through Educational Alternatives, a private non-profit dedicated to youth empowerment. The Oklahoma SkillsUSA Association is an integral part of trade and industrial education programs in comprehensive high schools and technology centers. In 2018, Oklahoma’s membership ranked eighth in the nation with 13,348 members. This number also represents the largest membership in Oklahoma history. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q

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TMC FALL TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

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ver 250 technicians, instructors, diesel technology students and other industry representatives attended the Technology Maintenance Council’s Fall Technology Workshop Nov 7 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Morning keynote speakers, George Arrants, ASE Education Foundation, and Kevin Lindsey, Travel Centers of America, focused on “21st Century Technician Skills, Challenges and Opportunities” with emphasis on what employers expect from today’s workforce and how employees need to prepare for continuing technological change. Laramie Gordon (Gordon Cooper Tech Center) was also recognized by ASE and Fed Ex Freight for his selection as a member of the Fed Ex Future Tech Team for the 2018 National SuperTech Competition held in September in Orlando, FL. A wide range of companies including ASE, ConMet, Cummins Southern Plains, Dolese, Fluke, Freymiller, Gates, Hobby Lobby, Horton, FedEx, LockNClimb, MHC Kenworth, Penske, Rush Truck Centers, Ryder, SAF Holland, Summit Truck Group, TA-Petro, TruckLite, United Axle, UPS, and Walmart participated in the

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Career Fair and Vendor Showcase during a 2-hour walkaround lunch, sponsored by Dorman Products and TMC. Attendees were challenged to visit with exhibitors and research answers to five technical questions to qualify for door prizes during this time. A record number of 14 entries vied for honors in the Pinewood Big Rig Challenge. Fastest trucks were “Used Oil” (Canadian Valley Tech Center), “Annihilator” (Tulsa Tech Center) and “Smokey & the Bandit (Tulsa Tech). Best Appearing trucks were “Smokey & the Bandit”, “CV Tech” (Canadian Valley Tech Center) and “Show Pony” (Central Tech). Afternoon training sessions (pick any three) included “Basic Electricity and Making Proper Wire Repairs (TruckLite), “Fifth Wheel Adjustment/Rebuild” (SAF Holland), “Wheel End Training” (ConMet), “Fan Clutch Technology and Maintenance” (Horton), “Wireless Test Tools” (Fluke), and “Preventive Maintenance Inspection” (City Paint Works). These smaller group sessions allowed for hands-on training and practical application to complete a very full training day.


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ot on the heels of the success of the inaugural year of the first Fall Clay Shoot (and feedback from attendees), the Oklahoma Trucking Association decided to continue this event for 2018. On Friday, November 16, the Oklahoma Trucking Association held the second annual Fall Clay Shoot at the Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie, Oklahoma. We were extremely fortunate to have such a perfect fall day to host double the attendance from the previous year! Each participant had the chance to hit 100 targets throughout the silver course, competing for not only bragging rights, but for gift cards from Academy. After completing the 12 station course the scores were tallied and results were in! Congratulations to Eric Ludwig from LuGreg Trucking for coming in first with a score of 912! Coming in at second place was Todd Singleton with Premier Truck Group shooting 83. The third place was Environmental

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Management’s Scott Kettman with a score of 83 too. The tie breaker was determined by Silverleaf Shotgun Sports granting the highest score on shooting station 8. But let’s not forget about the Dead Last winner. That honor went to Brent Bozarth of Summit Truck Group who received the “dead last trophy” Mr. Bozarth also received plenty of laughter from his peers. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony we held the drawing for the Henry .22 Rifle Trucker Tribute. The lucky recipient of this limited-edition rifle went to Wayne Stidham of Southwest Trailers & Equipment. As always, we want to say a special thanks to our sponsors. Those companies who supported our Fall Clay Shoot were Host Sponsor: Premier Truck Group. Shot Gun Shell Sponsors: Hamm and Phillips and MHC Kenworth. Lunch Sponsor: Cummins Southern Plains. Station Sponsors: City Trailer, LuGreg Trucking, and Summit Truck Group.


OKLAHOMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

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ike each year, 2018 began with a full plate of activity for the association and never slowed. This is a positive sign of a robust and relevant statewide association. As “The Voice of Trucking” in Oklahoma we strive to Protect, Promote, and Provide throughout the year. The OTA continues to update members with a year in review. Please continue reading to see what your association did in 2018. Here are some of the key legislative issues the OTA engaged in: HB 2641 • Corrects the 1.25% tax increase on commercial trailers. • Passed the House and was not Heard in the Senate. Died 04/13/2018 HB 2651 • Known as the Trucking Against Trafficking Awareness bill. • Signed by Governor 04/18/2018 HB 3306 • Makes trucks in left lane (of 3 lanes) illegal with up to 6 months jail for repeated offenses. • Killed in Conference Committee on Public Safety 05/04/2018 HB 3468 • This bill determined how marijuana gets used in the state on approval of SQ 788. • Was not Heard in the Senate. Died 04/13/2018 SB 1375 • Transfer of regulatory enforcement from OCC to DPS • Was not Heard in the House. Died 04/26/2018 SB 1380 • Funds the Transfer of regulatory enforcement from OCC to DPS • Failed in House Appropriations Committee. Dead 04/19/2018

SB 1412 • Funds the Tire Recycling Fund (average cap at three years) • Signed by Governor 05/03/2018 SB 1537 • Removes the driver’s penalties for direct wine shipments. • Signed by Governor 04/25/2018 Outside of the Oklahoma Legislature, here are some other highlights: Continued Involvement with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) OTA CEO Jim Newport continued to serve on four important ATA Committees for the year 2018. They include the Communications & Image Policy, Highway Policy, Labor & Regulatory Policy, and Safety Policy committees. These committees meet periodically throughout the year at ATA meetings and occasional conference calls. An enormous amount of relevant trucking material is vetted through this process. Oklahoma Safety & Security Council January quickly kicked off the new year with a brandnew formed Oklahoma Safety & Security Council that falls under the umbrella of OTA’s Councils. This group of safety professionals represent the OTA and oversee the Truck Driving Championships. March kicked off the appointment of TDC committees and the OSSC officers were officially named in April. Midwinter Conference The 2018 conference was held at the Embassy Suites downtown Oklahoma City. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn about issues important to the industry. In a packed meeting room conference attendees were able to learn about the following topics: The State of Oklahoma’s economy, how ALAN’s system works during a natural disaster, the effects of marijuana legalization in Colorado, the potential impact of SQ 788, drug recognition in the workplace and two panels featuring regulatory enforcement and the best trucking practices. The following Safety Banquet honored our heroes of the highway with the Chairperson of the Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 4Q

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House Transportation Committees attending and participating. Truck Driving Championships (TDC) The Oklahoma TDC took place on June 1 and 2 in Oklahoma City. 105 drivers competed during this event and approximately 400 people attended the awards banquet to honor the winners. With the OSSC and the new TDC Committees taking over this event it was a success all around. We were honored to have the ATA Chair, Dave Manning attend who gave many praises to Oklahoma for being one of the best he’s attended. Trucking Association Executive’s Council (TAEC) July of 2018 found the TAEC Region III re-electing Jim Newport as their Chairman. This meeting the TAEC supported and recommended for USDOT to lower the commercial driver age from 21 to 18 with an extensive apprenticeship model backed with a safety record. This exchange among these great trucking association executives continues to serve a tremendous benefit not only for the state associations but also for the entire trucking industry. From policies, practices, and positions this interaction strengthens trucking in the individual states as well as the nation. Audit The annual audit was presented and approved by the board. This year the board decided to use a new auditing firm. The findings of the audit demonstrated another year of efficient operation as a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit association. Convention Golf Classic The Convention Golf Classic was paired back into the Annual Convention this year. Hosted at Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow, attendees had a great time being on this beautiful course. We were very fortunate the weather cooperated in Oklahoma’s August and had a tournament hoovering around the mid-80’s for the morning. 86th Annual Convention 86 years of trucking. This was celebrated at the annual convention and something we should all be proud of. For the first time the OTA held this event at the River Spirit Resort in Tulsa. We were excited to

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have the Welcome Reception hosted at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar owned by Margaritaville, and if you stuck around late enough would have been serenaded by Weston Horn, a talented local Tulsa musician. The Annual Convention featured topics on Active Safety Technologies and Future Automated & Autonomous applications, TSA: Trucking Counterterrorism: Eight Signs of Terrorism, En-Route Security, Trucking Inspections, Points of Contact TSA Inspectors: Jonathan Martinez & Paul Wells, Top Trucking Issues Roundtable and Cybersecurity. The Annual Convention concluded with a silent auction benefitting the OTA scholarship fund, and comedian Greg Warren cracking up the entire audience during the Red Vest Banquet. Fall Clay Shoot OTA’s second annual Clay Shoot was held in November at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie. Due to the overwhelming success from the first year this event doubled in participation! TMC Fall Tech Workshop Once again OTA’s Technology Maintenance Council showed up in a big way. A record number of students attended the event this year! The Fall Tech Workshop helped educate future technicians on the importance of proper trucking maintenance in everyday life. New advances in equipment components and their maintenance requirements demand constant training. Bonne Karim brought in nationally known ASE presenters for the students and technicians attending this workshop. Oklahoma Challenge The OTA was invited to attend the Oklahoma Challenge and educate over 600 students about safe driving around trucks. The event was held at Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno, Oklahoma on November 2. The ATA was able to send two road captains along with the Share the Road truck to allow students to climb in and check out. As we move on to 2019, the Oklahoma Trucking Association will continue to work hard being “The Voice of Trucking.” We once again would like to acknowledge and thank each member for your continued support as we strive to be the best association for the trucking industry.


CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Dear Members and Friends of OTA, I am thankful and honored to be elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Oklahoma Trucking Association. I look forward to working with our experienced and dedicated staff to increase the awareness of the importance of trucking and transportation to both our state and the nation. What a year it has been so far! Trucking and transportation are growing along with the booming Oklahoma economy. We aren’t hearing about revenue shortfalls, budget cuts and rising unemployment anymore. Times are good but we still have work to do and goals to accomplish. It is important we keep growing our Association by adding both carrier and allied members. If we don’t advocate for trucking who will? Please consider making a generous donation to our PAC and the Legislative Success Fund (LSF) while business and profits are good. The Association will use that money to advocate for you and ensure you have a loud and clear voice at the capital. We just finished our annual convention in Tulsa. By all accounts it was the best annual meeting we’ve held in recent years. There was information, entertainment and plenty of time for camaraderie at this year’s convention. We want our annual meeting to be an event that is both fun and informative for members, spouses and guests; an event that members and potential members look forward to every year. We hope you’ll spread the news if you enjoyed the convention and please, reach out to the OTA staff if you didn’t. OTA will be sending out a survey to everyone that attended, please take a minute to complete the survey so we can plan an even better meeting next year. Lastly, I want to ask each of you to consider taking on a more active role in the Association. We have a limited staff with a lot of demands on their time. If we as members take on a more active role in planning and executing events it will free up time for Jim and his staff to be working on recruiting new members, advocating at the capital, and promoting our industry. We put on many events every year and those events will be better if we as members, volunteer our time and efforts to help the Association staff. Check out the event calendar or call the office and let Jim or Rebecca know you want a more active role in our Association. I guarantee you they won’t turn you down! Travel safe and keep your eyes on the road ahead, it’s going to be an exciting ride! Sincerely,

Bob Acker

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SAVE THE DATE OKLAHOMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION EVENTS

2019

OKLAHOMA SAFETY & SECURITY JANUARY MEETING Thursday, January 10 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK MIDWINTER CONFERENCE Wednesday, March 6 Hilton Garden Inn & Edmond Conference Center, Edmond, OK Truck Day @ Capitol Thursday, March 7 Oklahoma State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, OK NATMI CDS/CSS Certification – March Monday – Friday, March 18-22 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Thursday, April 4 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK Truck Driving Championship Friday – Saturday, April 26-27 Location TBA, Check OTA website for information SuperTech Competition Friday, May 3 Francis Tuttle Reno Campus, Oklahoma City, OK SUMMER SHOOT- OUT GOLF Friday, June 14 Kicking Bird, Check OTA website for information NATMI CDS/CSS Certification – June Monday – Friday, June 17-21 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK WILBURN WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP POSTMARK DEADLINE Friday, June 28 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK Sunday – Saturday, September 8 – 14 CONVENTION GOLF CLASSIC Wednesday September 25 Cherokee Hill Golf Club, Tulsa, OK 87th Annual Convention Wednesday – Friday, September 25-27 Hard Rock Resort, Tulsa, OK OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Thursday, September 26 Hard Rock Resort, Tulsa, OK FALL CLAY SHOOT Friday, October 11 Silverleaf Shotgun Sports, Guthrie, OK NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – OCTOBER Monday – Friday, October 14-18 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK FALL TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP Wednesday, November 13 Francis Tuttle Reno Campus, Oklahoma City, OK OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Thursday, December 5 OTA Office, Oklahoma City, OK **Dates are subject to change please check OTA website for updated information

To learn more about our upcoming events and ways to get more involved visit oktrucking.org/events, call Rebecca Chappell at 405.525.9488 x1 or email rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org

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