Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine - Winter 2012

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In this issue FEATURES 24 36 38 28

I-40 Crosstown Reaches a Milestone Holiday Open House Fall Safety Seminar TMC Seminar

DEPARTMENTS Editorials 5 From the Editor 7 From the Executive Director OTA News 6 2012 Midwinter Conference 7 Anniversary Issue New Members 8 Trucking Tidbits: Nationwide News 10 U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Final Rule That Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by Drivers of Buses and Large Trucks 10 EPA Final Rule to Require 1 Billion Gallons of Biodiesel in 2012 12 USDOT Takes Action to Ensure Truck Driver Rest Time and Improve Safety Behind the Wheel OTA Member News 14 Science Museum Oklahoma receives $1 million gift from Love’s Travel Stops State Matters 16 Miller says 2011 Brought Economic Health, 2012 Looks Even Better


OSMC’s Safety Zone 18 Upcoming Events 21 Oklahoma by the Numbers 30 Member Spotlight 42 Kelworth Trucking


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Executive Director Dan Case dancase@oktrucking.org Bookkeeper Les Hinkle leshinkle@oktrucking.org Director of Events Rebecca Chappell rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org Chairman of Board John Titsworth Triad Transport

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from the Another new year is upon us. As we’re recovering from all of the company, calories and miles we’ve driven during the holiday season, we’re just now starting to peek at the rest of the world and get back into the swing of things. This issue features a great recovery effort of a major slice of Oklahoma highway. The new I-40 Crosstown not only creates a new and improved path throughout the capitol city, but it has helped in our economic recovery (in our state’s case, recession resistance) by creating jobs and ensuring that trucking has a clear path through the state. We also take a look back to this past fall and holiday season too. The Oklahoma Safety Management Council and the Oklahoma Technology and Maintenance Council both hosted two spectacular and informative conferences in October. And the OTA hosted another wonderful Holiday Open House back in December. Mrs. Case brought more of her addictive taffy bars and it was a great time to catch up with members and raise money for a good cause. But most importantly, this new year marks the 80th anniversary of the OTA. Can you believe it? Eighty years of supporting Oklahoma’s trucking industry. Dan and the crew have some special treats in store for this celebratory year, starting with the Midwinter Conference at the end of February! So, get up, go to the gym to work off those extra pounds from all the turkey you gobbled, and join the OTA in celebrating another successful year in trucking!


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Topics include; Driver Retention & Recruiting, ATRI: a Study on CSA Impact, Hot CVSA Topics, LNG/CNG Information, Data Q’s and the information found on CSA. The Keynote speaker at the Safety Awards Banquet will be FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferro. Safety Award Nominations have been mailed out, and due back to the OTA office no later than February 1, no exceptions. If you need extra copies of the awards nominations please visit oktrucking.org/events for an information packet as well as the Fleet Safety Nomination Form, Grand Trophy Nomination Form, Million Mile Driver Nomination Form and Professional Driver Nomination Packet We have a block of rooms reserved at the Crowne, at a rate of $99. You may reserve your rooms by calling, 1-800-227-6963, and giving them the group code: ASSOCIATION. An online link will be made available soon, keep an eye out for it in our tipsheet or online at oktrucking.org/events, if that is your preferred way of booking. More information to follow, please check the OTA website for updated information or contact Rebecca Chappell at (405) 525-9488 ext. 1 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you this February!


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR A Challenge or an Opportunity? First of all I would like to take this opportunity to wish every one of you a Happy New Year and great success in all of your endeavors for this coming year. This year may be one of our greatest challenges of the decade. We have HOS challenges, CSA challenges and even more to come from our federal friends. Do we always have to think of these as challenges or should we look at them as opportunities? I remember 1980 as being one of the greatest challenges to our industry. Deregulation was thrust upon us and the cries of many carriers were heard all over this nation. I remember carriers saying they were losing their main assets as their authority became worth nothing. I saw carriers being sold and consolidating all over the nation. I remember large carriers going out of business on a weekly basis. A lot of our industry thought the end of the world was near. But look at us now, we survived and evolved into the best and the most profitable trucking industry in the world. Sometimes it takes these types of challenges to make us realize we can do better. The truckers of the 1970’s and 1980’s didn’t realize that the people who run their businesses were their main assets. People changed their thinking about our industry and made it better and more efficient. We will once again evolve if the challenges bring us to this point. The Oklahoma Trucking Association is starting our 80th year and we are here to help our members navigate these challenges and help you turn them into opportunities. Keep truckin,

OTA Executive Director, Dan Case

OMC Special 80th Anniversary Issue This year marks the 80th year the OTA has been supporting Oklahoma’s trucking industry. In addition to many other festivities throughout the year, the Oklahoma Motor Carrier magazine is planning a special 80th Anniversary issue this fall. This issue will showcase the OTA’s rich history and offer a place for you to leave your well wishes for the organization. For $100, you can purchase a PEARL in the anniversary issue. A PEARL is a special dedication, measuring 3” x 3.67” and includes your company name or logo and your message to the OTA (message max characters 250). If you’re interested in purchasing a PEARL for this special edition, please visit oktrucking.org/media or contact Shannon Helton at (405) 445-1790 or shannonhelton@oktrucking.org for an order form. Deadline to order your PEARL is September 12, 2012. Reserve yours today!




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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Final Rule That Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by Drivers of Buses and Large Trucks FMCSA

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the latest action by the U.S. Department of Transportation to end distracted driving. “When drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous materials take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the outcome can be deadly,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laserfocused on safety at all times while behind the wheel.” The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000. Approximately four million commercial drivers would be affected by this final rule. “This final rule represents a giant leap for safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “It’s just too dangerous for drivers to use a hand-held cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle. Drivers must keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and head in the game when operating on our roads. Lives are at stake.” While driver distraction studies have produced mixed results, FMCSA research shows that using a hand-held cell phone while driving requires a commercial driver to take several risky steps beyond what is required for using a hands-free mobile phone, including searching and reaching for the phone. Commercial drivers reaching for an object, such as a cell phone, are three times more likely to be involved in a crash or other safety-critical event. Dialing a hand-held cell phone makes it six times more likely that commercial drivers will be involved in a crash or other safety-critical event. In September 2010, FMCSA issued a regulation banning text messaging while operating a commercial truck or bus and PHMSA followed with a companion regulation in February 2011, banning


texting by intrastate hazardous materials drivers. “Needless injuries and deaths happen when people are distracted behind the wheel,” said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman. “Our final rule would improve safety and reduce risks of hazmat in transportation.” Nearly 5474 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2009. Distraction-related fatalities represented 16 percent of overall traffic fatalities in 2009, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research. Many of the largest truck and bus companies, such as UPS, Covenant Transport, Wal-Mart, Peter Pan and Greyhound already have company policies in place banning their drivers from using handheld phones. The final hand-held cell phone ban rule can be accessed here. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s efforts to stop distracted driving, please visit http://www.distraction. gov

EPA Final Rule to Require 1 Billion Gallons of Biodiesel in 2012 ATA

EPA’s Final Renewable Fuel Standards Rule released December 27 requires that the total volume of fuel sold in the U.S. in 2012 must include 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, including 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel fuels. In total, renewable fuels would represent 9.23 percent of all fuel used in the U.S. in 2012. EPA required 13.95 billion gallons of biofuels in 2011. EPA postponed finalizing biomass-based diesel requirements for 2013, which had been included in the 2012 proposed rule. EPA had originally proposed requiring 1.28 billion gallons of biomassbased diesel for 2013. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) requires EPA to issue volume standards for biomass-based diesel no less than 14 months before the start of the calendar year. EISA requires a minimum of 1 billion gallons of renewable diesel fuel in 2013. The proposed rule and a related fact sheet are available at http:// lyris.truckline.com/t/1727095/179523213/8012/0/.

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ers are rested, alert and focused on safety, it makes our roadways safer.” FMCSA’s new HOS final rule reduces by 12 hours the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week. Under the old rule, truck drivers could work on average up to 82 hours within a seven-day period. The new HOS final rule limits a driver’s work week to 70 hours. In addition, truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. Drivers can take the 30-minute break whenever they need rest during the eight-hour window.

USDOT Takes Action to Ensure Truck Driver Rest Time and Improve Safety Behind the Wheel FMCSA

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a final rule that employs the latest research in driver fatigue to make sure truck drivers can get the rest they need to operate safely when on the road. The new rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revises the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers. “Trucking is a difficult job, and a big rig can be deadly when a driver is tired and overworked,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This final rule will help prevent fatigue-related truck crashes and save lives. Truck drivers deserve a work environment that allows them to perform their jobs safely.” As part of the HOS rulemaking process, FMCSA held six public listening sessions across the country and encouraged safety advocates, drivers, truck company owners, law enforcement and the public to share their input on HOS requirements. The listening sessions were live webcast on the FMCSA Web site, allowing a broad cross-section of individuals to participate in the development of this safety-critical rule.


“This final rule is the culmination of the most extensive and transparent public outreach effort in our agency’s history,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “With robust input from all areas of the trucking community, coupled with the latest scientific research, we carefully crafted a rule acknowledging that when truck-

The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit. FMCSA will continue to conduct data analysis and research to further examine any risks associated with the 11 hours of driving time. The rule requires truck drivers who maximize their weekly work hours to take at least two nights’ rest when their 24-hour body clock demands sleep the most - from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. This rest requirement is part of the rule’s “34-hour restart” provision that allows drivers to restart the clock on their work week by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. The final rule allows drivers to use the restart provision only once during a seven-day period. Companies and drivers that commit egregious violations of the rule could face the maximum penalties for each offense. Trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by 3 or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. Commercial truck drivers and companies must comply with the HOS final rule by July 1, 2013. The rule is being sent to the Federal Register today and is currently available on FMCSA’s Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/HOSFinalRule.

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Science Museum Oklahoma receives $1 million gift from Love’s Travel Stops

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Science Museum Oklahoma is honored to announce they have received a $1 million gift from Love’s Travel Stops.

About Science Museum Oklahoma Science Museum Oklahoma reveals the wonder and relevance of science in our everyday lives. Get up to your elbows in science with acres of hands-on experiences, thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts and new exhibits always on the horizon. Blast off beyond the Milky Way in the Planetarium Theater and feel the heat from live explosions in Science Live. And you’ll love traveling to new worlds while watching IMAX movies in the dome theater. Let your inner-child run wild!

Jenny Love Meyer, Love’s Director of Communications

“Love’s is excited to announce a $1 million donation to support renovations and improvements to Science Museum Oklahoma,” said Jenny Love Meyer, Director of Communications Love’s Travel Stops. “The Science Museum is a true educational gem serving children and families in Oklahoma. This partnership furthers Love’s commitment to support education and youth-focused programs in our home state.” Within the next five years Science Museum Oklahoma will invest $30 million in new exhibits and facilities. Funded by a planning grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the museum has undergone an extensive planning process dedicated to providing Oklahoma with a science museum of national prominence. A comprehensive master plan has identified two high impact projects which will be completed within five years. These projects include: a new iconic main entrance and a major permanent exhibit for families with young children.

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“It has been said that a museum is a prism of the society in which it resides. It is a reflection of the society’s cultural and educational values presented to the world in a way that embodies civic pride and inspires its community,” said James Farris, Science Museum Oklahoma Board Chair. “Science Museum Oklahoma’s message is, ‘You are important. What you learn, how you play, and where you grow with your family is important.’ The gift from Love’s supports our commitment to providing the best interactive learning environment possible.” Science Museum Oklahoma retained Rand Elliott of Rand Elliott + Associates to transform the museum’s plain exterior and inadequate lobby. Elliott was tasked with creating a design that will be the physical manifestation of the museum’s mission to reveal the wonder and relevance of science. He enthusiastically accepted the challenge and, with his experience in creating iconic public spaces, the result is certain to garner attention. The collaboration of Science Museum Oklahoma and Rand Elliott has resulted in a campus plan guaranteed to enlighten and inspire for many years to come.


The revitalized campus will be the perfect setting for the museum’s new exhibit designed for families with young children. As families enter the exhibit they will step into a life-size coloring book. They’ve entered a whimsical neighborhood where the familiar meets the fanciful as young children get a taste of the wonderful world of science. While designed with young children in mind, activities are also provided to educate and entertain older siblings and their parents. When complete this exhibit will set a new stan-

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Miller says 2011 Brought Economic Health, 2012 Looks Even Better by Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK.com

Oklahoma’s economy quickened the pace of its recovery during 2011, State Treasurer Ken Miller said Wednesday (January 4) as he released the state’s monthly gross receipts report. “December was 11.1 percent better than the prior year, the fourth quarter was 10.5 percent ahead of the final three months of 2010, and total year collections surpassed the previous year by 9.6 percent,” Miller said. “We saw healthy growth each month ranging from four to 16 percent with an average at the double-digit mark.” Miller said December was the fifth time in the past eight months that collections rose by more than 10 percent over the prior year and marked the 22nd consecutive month of growth. “Twelve-month collections now stand more than $1.3 billion higher than in February of 2010. Since we hit the trough almost two years ago, more than 68 percent of the revenue lost from our peak in December 2008 has been recovered,” he said. Miller said sales tax collections indicate a happy holiday shopping season in Oklahoma. December collections, reflecting sales between mid-November and mid-December, were $20.42 million or 6.3 percent higher than the last Christmas shopping season. Looking forward National and state-specific forecasts point toward continued economic improvement. Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data list Oklahoma with yearover-year employment growth of three percent, surpassing all surrounding states. The closest competitor was Texas with growth of 2.2 percent. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report shows Oklahoma with the nation’s fourth lowest unemployment rate, adding jobs 3.5 times faster than the national rate in 2011. During the past 12 months, figures from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics show the number of jobs grew by almost 16,500, while the labor force grew by just more than 3,000. During that time, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.9 percent to 6.1 percent.


Nationally, The Conference Board reports consumer confidence grew in December from the month before and now stands at levels not seen since April. Closer to home, the Creighton University Economic Forecasting Group anticipates Oklahoma in 2012 will have the second highest growth in gross state product in the ninestate Mid-America region at 4.6 percent. North Dakota is forecast to grow at 6.8 percent.

December collections The revenue report for December shows gross collections at $960.81 million, up $95.9 million or 11.1 percent from December 2010. Gross income tax collections, a combination of personal and corporate income taxes, generated $372.73 million, an increase of $82.08 million or 28.2 percent from the previous November. Personal income tax collections for the month are $279.83 million, up $37.46 million or 15.5 percent from the prior year. Corporate collections are $92.9 million, an increase of $44.62 million or 92.4 percent. [In response to questions from reporters, Miller said that corporate levy jump came “from just two companies,” both in the energy sector. However, he said he did not have the names of the two companies available, as such information is confidential.] Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $344.53 million in December. That is $20.42 million or 6.3 percent above December 2010. Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $71.41 million in December, a decrease of $5.01 million or 6.6 percent from last December. Compared to November reports, gross production collections are down by $3.87 million or 5.1 percent. Motor vehicle taxes produced $59.58 million, up by $9.32 million or 18.5 percent from the prior year. Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including taxes on fuel, tobacco, horse race gambling and alcoholic beverages, produced $112.56 million during the month. That is $10.92 million or 8.8 percent less than last December. Fourth-quarter collections The fourth quarter of 2011 generated $2.602 billion, an increase of $247.18 million or 10.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross income tax collections totaled $883.45 million, up $140.83 million or 19 percent from the previous fourth quarter.

Personal income tax collections generated $756.19 million, a $83.66 million or 12.4 percent increase. Corporate collections brought in $127.25 million, an increase of $57.17 million or 81.6 percent. Sales taxes totaled $990.39 million for the quarter, an increase of $68.21 million or 7.4 percent from the same quarter of 2010. Gross production taxes generated $215.05 million during the fourth quarter, down $7.31 million or 3.3 percent from fourth quarter of 2010.

Gross income taxes generated $3.709 billion for the year, reflecting an increase of $449.12 million or 13.8 percent from the prior calendar year. Personal income tax collections total $3.193 billion, up by $280.16 million or 9.6 percent from 2010. Corporate collections are $515.77 million for the period, an increase of $168.95 million or 48.7 percent over the previous year. Sales taxes for the period generated $3.841 billion, an increase of $262.61 million or 7.3 percent from the prior 12-months.

Motor vehicle collections are $160.88 million for the quarter, up $20.86 million or 14.9 percent from the October-December period of 2010.

Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $1.037 billion during the 12 months, up by $91.72 million or 9.7 percent from the previous period.

Collections from other sources totaled $352.08 million, up $24.6 million or 7.5 percent from 2010’s fourth quarter.

Motor vehicle collections total $663.05 million for the period. This is an increase of $57.26 million or 9.5 percent from the trailing 12 months.

2011 collections During 2011, gross revenue totals reached $10.681 billion. That is $938.55 million or 9.6 percent higher than collections in 2010.

Other sources generated $1.432 billion, up $77.85 million or 5.7 percent from the previous calendar year.


Welcome to 2012!

As the New Year begins it brings with it changes for the Trucking Industry. Medical cards becoming part of the CDL, NLRB’s new posting requirements, Hours of Service rule, EOBR proposed changes, and the final rule banning hand-held cell phone use, the first transportation bill in years, and CSA turns one nationally. With every topic, your Oklahoma Safety Management Council is not only staying on top of these issues, but will assist anyone asking. From answering questions to conducting training meetings, we are here to help. I invite everyone to attend our monthly meetings. Join us as we strive to continually improve the safety of our employees and the general public. Become active in your Council, it is well worth your time. One of OSMC’s initiatives for 2012 is more outreach. Outreach activities such as training or participating in events or sharing the benefits of becoming a member. To this end, if you know of an event that the OSMC membership should be aware of or if you are interested in speaking opportunities with the council, please contact us by visiting the our website at oksafetymanagementcouncil.com.

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Driver Compliance: CSA & Beyond February 1 Driver Compliance: Surviving a DOT Audit February 2 Midwinter Conference February 22-23 Join the Oklahoma Trucking Association for this informative conference with speakers covering a variety of exciting information! Topics include: Driver Retention & Recruiting, ATRI: Study on CSA Impact, Hot CVSA Topics, LNG/ CNG Information, Data Q’s and the information found on CSA. Plus presentations from the OSMC, TMC & Federal/State agencies such as the FMCSA, ATA OCC & DPS! Visit the OTA’s website for more information, agenda, sponsorship information and registration! 2012 Fleet Safety Awards Banquet February 22 All full Midwinter Conference Registrations include a 2012 Fleet Safety Awards banquet ticket, as well as all winning drivers (Million Mile Winners & Professional Drivers). However, if you’d like to order more tickets, please order more online or by calling Rebecca Chappell at the OTA office.

March NATMI Safety & DOT Compliance Series March 6-7 Held at the OTA’s conference room in Oklahoma City. Please register through NATMI by calling (303) 9524013.

Driver Compliance: CSA & Beyond June 27 Driver Compliance: Surviving a DOT Audit June 28 Driver Compliance: Reasonable Suspicion for Drug & Alcohol June 29

July NATMI Certified Driver Trainer Program July 17-19 Held at the OTA’s conference room in Oklahoma City. Please register through NATMI by calling (303) 9524013.

September OTA’s 80th Annual Convention September 19-21 Downstream Casino & Resort. Check the OTA’s website for more information as we get closer to this exciting event!

November Driver Compliance: Accident Prevention & Site Preservation November 12 Fall Technology Workshop November 14



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NATMI CDS & CSS Safety Certification December 3-7 Held at the OTA’s conference room in Oklahoma City. Please register through NATMI by calling (303) 9524013.


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Governor Mary Fallin and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe cut the ceremonial ribbon signaling the opening of the eastbound lanes of the new I-40 Crosstown in Oklahoma City, January 5. Pictured (left to right) are Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, U.S. Rep. James Lankford, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Infofe, Fallin, Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors member Carl Edwards and Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley. Photo provided.

Interstate 40 is a 2,555 mile long stretch of highway that serves our industry as one of the busiest EastWest trade routes in the United States. Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City in particular, is often referred to as the “Crossroads of America� due to the intersection of I-40, I-35 and I-44 in the middle of Oklahoma City. This intersection is one of the many reasons why trucking thrives in our Great State and yet it, and the highways themselves, have been subject to much neglect over the years. The I-40 Crosstown was originally built in 1965 as a 2-mile long bridge that cut through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Its original design could handle a traffic capacity of 76,000 vehicles per day, which dwarfs the needs of the highway today (the new section of highway is built to handle 173,000 vehicles a day). The State of Oklahoma first realized that the I-40 Crosstown had problems in 1989. A crack was discovered in a pier and the issue attracted nationwide attention to the deteriorating bridge. Then, in 1997, an engineer testified that the crosstown could be reconstructed in six to eight years. Who, or more likely what, made that whip crack and get this project on track? 25

While originally unrelated to bridge deterioration, the 2002 I-40 bridge disaster near Webber Falls, Oklahoma drew a lot of attention to our roads. A barge collision was the cause of the tragedy, but in the aftermath there was a lot of attention focused on our highway funding to work on the re-build. Then, in 2007, another tragedy occurred, this time in Minneapolis when the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi collapsed. This disaster again had national attention that made not only the state of Minnesota look at its highway and bridge repair, but for all states to look at it. Our state’s flaws in highway and bridge repair were exposed and given perhaps more attention than they had received in the past. The Federal Highway Administration learned in a study in 2005 that $100 million spent on highway safety improvements would save 145 lives over a 10-year period. After the tragedy in the Minneapolis, those studies were looked at again. The importance of safety and the lessons that were learned from those studies and tragedies that have plagued our highway system finally reached not only Washington’s ears, but its pocket book. Finally with proper funding and support, a lot of previously neglected projects in Oklahoma have been given the green light. Despite all the time that has passed, there is a lot to be celebrated by this milestone that has been reached. Tulsa and Oklahoma City both have undergone major transformations in recent years to their highway systems. Another project that is close to our industry is the new Ports of Entry for the state that the Oklahoma Trucking Association has been a proponent of since the beginning stages. While the westbound section of the I-40 Crosstown is not yet open, the opening of the eastbound lanes shows that we are on the right course. The hope is that we have learned from our mistakes and that the state will provide these new projects with adequate funding to protect and maintain our new investments.


Crosstown Quick Facts The new Crosstown is designed to carry 173,000 vehicles daily. The new Crosstown has 590,000 square yards of concrete pavement. The new Crosstown has one million square feet of bridge decking. Nearly 325,000 square yards of anti-graffiti coating were applied to the new Crosstown. The new Crosstown has more than 11 million tons of structural and reinforcing steel built into it. The BNSF bridge over the Crosstown near Shields Blvd. contains 4 million pounds of steel. The new Crosstown eliminated 11 at-grade rail crossings. As part of the project, crossing arms were added to 12 other rail crossings.


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Educational opportunities for managers and technicians covering critical aspects of vehicle maintenance and shop management were featured during the event. Roger Maye, Consolidated Metco was the keynote speaker. In addition to the educational opportunies the event hosted a Vendor Fair, Student Career Fair and a Pinewood Big Rig Challenge with door prizes given out to competitors and attendees.


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Quick Look 2010 Oklahoma Crash Statistics Oklahoma Highway Safety Office


There were 616 reported fatal crashes in 2010. Fatal crashes decreased 4.64% from 646 in 2009 to 616 in 2010. There were 668 fatalities in 2010. Fatalities decreased 9.36% from 737 in 2009 to 668 in 2010.


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There were 24,445 injury crashes in 2010. Injury crashes decreased 0.28% from 24,376 in 2009 to 24,445 in 2010. • There were 37,217 persons injured in crashes in 2010. Injuries increased 2.39% from 36,350 in 2009 to 37,217 in 2010.

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44.3% (1,995 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred in business localities. 57.0% (2,571 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred in clear weather. 72.0% (3,246 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes involved two vehicles. 9.4% (423 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred in June. 29.5% (1,331 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred between Noon and 4 p.m. 18.1% (818 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred on Wednesday.



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There were a total of 69,805 reported crashes involving 126,662 drivers. 51.6% (36,008 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred on city streets. 72.4% (50,560 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred in daylight. 49.2% (34,368 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred in a business locality. 59.5% (41,537 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred in clear weather. 70.1% (48,938 of 69,805) of all reported crashes involved two vehicles. 9.1% (6,361 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred in October. 9.0% (6,295 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. 18.1% (12,633 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred on Friday.



6.5% (4,508 of 69,805) of all reported crashes involved a large truck. 27.1% (1,220 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred on city streets. 26.9% (1,212 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred on Interstate highways. 77.3% (3,484 of 4,508) of all reported large truck crashes occurred in daylight.

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3.1% (2,166 of 69,805) of all reported crashes occurred in Work Zones. 37.4% (810 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred on Interstate Highways. 75.7% (1,639 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred in daylight. 47.6% (1,032 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred in business localities. 60.2% (1,305 of 2,166) 53.8% of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred in clear weather. 68.0% (1,473 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes involved two vehicles. 8.8% (257 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred in August. 43.4% (940 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred between Noon and 6 p.m. 18.6% (402 of 2,166) of all reported Work Zone crashes occurred on Friday.

DRIVERS Male drivers • 48.6% (1,232,592 of 2,533,888) of the licensed drivers in Oklahoma were male. • 52.4% (66,426 of 126,662) of all drivers involved in crashes were male. • 72.5% (327 of 451) of the drivers killed in crashes were male.

Female drivers • 51.4% (1,301,296 of 2,533,888) of the licensed drivers in Oklahoma were female. • 43.1% (54,596 of 126,662) of all drivers involved in crashes were female. • 27.5% (124 of 451) of the drivers killed in crashes were female. Driver fatalities by age group • 9.1% (41 of 451) of the drivers killed were age 16-20. • 9.5% (43 of 451) of the drivers killed were age 21-25. • 12.4% (56 of 451) of the drivers killed were age 46-50. Drivers Age 16-20 • There were 19,093 drivers age 16-20 involved in crashes. • 15.1% (19,093 of 126,662) of all drivers involved in crashes were age 16-20. • •

7.5% (190,365 of 2,533,888) of the licensed drivers in Oklahoma were age 16-20. 50.6% (96,412 of 190,365) of the licensed drivers age 16-20 were male.


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OKLAHOMA BY THE NUMBERS 2008 Traffic Crash Data Linkage Results: WorkRelated Roadway Crash Fatalities Oklahoma State Department of Health

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the number of fatal work injuries decreased by 8% in the United States (U.S.) from 5,657 in 2007 to 5,214 in 2008. However, in Oklahoma, the number of fatal work injuries increased by 16% from 105 in 2007 to 122 in 2008. Overall, the Oklahoma rate of fatal work injuries was 60% higher than the U.S. rate (2007: 6.4 and 4.0; 2008: 6.1 and 3.7 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) partly due to the high number of fatalities of out-of-state workers traveling through Oklahoma. Transportation-related incidents were responsible for more than half of the fatalities among workers in 2007 and 2008. • A total of 70 motor vehicle crashes on public roadways were responsible for 77 work-related deaths in Oklahoma in 2007 and 2008. • Ninety-five percent of workers were male (Figure 1).

• Twenty-one percent of crashes involved light trucks, which included pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans.

– The most common occupations of these workers included sales/services, oil field, construction, and government.

– Sixty-one percent were 30-59 years of age with the highest number of fatalities among workers 50- 59 years old.

• Victims included drivers (78%), passengers (12%), pedestrians (7%), and train conductors (3%).

– Three highway maintenance pedestrians were killed while working in a work zone area.

• Nearly all deaths (94%) occurred on the day of the incident; five workers were hospitalized before they expired. • Causes of death were multiple blunt force body injuries (41%); multiple head, neck, and chest injuries (27%); complications of burns (16%); head injuries (10%); and suffocation (5%). • The most common industries included transportation/delivery (48%), oil and gas (16%), and construction (9%).


driving at the time of the crash. – 39 crashes involved commercial motor vehicles (CMV); 67% had five axles and 59% were interstate CMV. – Thirty-three percent of fatal work-related crashes involving large trucks/tractor-trailer trucks were out-of-state carriers.

• Seventy-one percent of fatal injuries involved large trucks/tractor-trailer trucks (most more than 26,000 pounds). – 50 workers killed in these crashes were truck drivers by occupation; of these, 43 persons were

• The majority of crashes occurred in rural areas (88%), on high speed (65-75 miles/hour) roadways (76%), and on state or U.S. highways (74%). • Information on seat belt use was known for 47 vehicle occupants. Of these, 62% were not wearing a seat belt. Drivers of large trucks were more likely to be unbelted than drivers of other vehicles.

– The percent of seat belt use among vehicle occupants who died in work-related traffic crashes was much lower than the statewide seat belt usage rates (83.1% in 2007 and 84.3% in 2008).

• Five workers were alcohol impaired and one was drug impaired at the time of the crash. • The most common contributing causes of crashes included unsafe or excessive speed for traffic/road conditions (35%), driver inattention/sleepiness (18%), driving left of center of roadway (13%), and failure to stop for traffic signals (13%).

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OKLAHOMA BY THE NUMBERS Oklahoma Economic Snapshot Oklahoma Department of Commerce

• OK’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked slightly upwards for July 2011, but is still 5th lowest in the nation at 5.5%. Each of the state’s MSAs also increased slightly from June. • Neither the state nor the metro areas had labor force growth for the month. • OK’s labor force participation rate for the past year for those over age 20 was 63.6%, with Hispanic males having the highest rate at 85% and white females the lowest at 54%. • OK’s employment grew by 6,100, making 5 straight months of employment growth equaling 39,800 new jobs.

Employment • OK’s nonfarm payroll increased by 6,100 in July, making 5 straight months of gains; however, both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metros had slight decreases for the month. • The manufacturing sector lost 1,600 jobs in July, breaking a 10-month streak of gains. • Manufacturing employment for July was 132,600, nearly 12,000 greater than the recession low, but still short over nearly 20,000 from the pre-recession high of 152,200. • The health care and educational services supersector, in contrast to all other industries, grew over the recession and is currently at an all time high of 208,900.

Unemployment Rates • Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5% for the month of July, increasing 0.1 from June. • Among 380 metro areas, OKC, Lawton, and Tulsa ranked 14th, 27th, and 43rd respectively for lowest unemployment rates in July. • The US rate continued above 9%, while the lowest state was North Dakota at 3.3%. Labor Force • OK’s seasonally adjusted labor force contracted by nearly 3,000 in July, making the state’s labor force only 3.9% larger than the 2000 level. • Looking at MSA trends, OKC held steady while Tulsa and Lawton had slight decreases. • The non OK MSA labor force, which is still above population growth rates in the long term, had a second straight month of contraction in July.


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1 Fall Seminar. David Bates, OSHA, speaks at the 201 Louis Thompson, Beaver Express Service, introduces the next presenter.

Dan Case, OTA, gives an update on OTA activites and Oklahoma legislation that may impact the industry.

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2011 Fall Seminar Sheraton - Oklahoma City, OK

The Oklahoma Safety Management Council’s annual Fall Safety Seminar took place October 27--28 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. This annual event was dubbed “Back to Basics” and was focused on educating its attendees about safety in the transportation industry as well as important legislative and regulatory updates. The “Back to Basics” seminar featured speakers Kerri Pettingill, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Larry Ramsey, FMCSA, Boyd Stevenson, ATA, Dan Case, OTA, and many others. The OSMC is constantly focused on brinding the most up-to-date information to its members and industry professionals.

Fall Seminar Attendees take a break to mingle and enjoy some snacks provdided by the OSMC.

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Kelworth Trucking, Inc. Owner: Scotty Jones Founded: 1979 Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

How did it all begin?

The company began as a small end-dump operation to service the local coal industry in LeFlore County Oklahoma. As time passed a couple of flatbeds were added to diversify the existing business. When Scotty Jones came to Kelworth in 1993 his primary initiative was to rid the company of dump trailers, and convert everything to flatbed business. Although coal was still an exceptional business to be in, we felt the long term stability we were searching for was more prevalent in flatbed freight. Kelworth became a flatbed company in rather quick fashion, and I joined the company in 1994 just before completing the acquisition of the company from the previous owners. We began wholly focusing on upgrading the tractors and trailers while improving the quality of personnel to help us accomplish our long term goals of moderate, consistent growth each year. We made a commitment of loyalty and service to our core group of customers, and we stand by those same commitments today. As a matter of fact, of our current top five customers, three were in our sales portfolio in 1994. The spot market certainly has its allure, but it isn’t what Kelworth is about.

What is unique about your company?

Without question...our ability to adapt quickly. Transportation has been volatile for several years, and I feel the ability to refocus resources and corporate mind-set successfully is key. Our employee base is exceptional, and every one on the roster is watching the market. If the market shifts, we shift.

What issue is most important to your company right now?

“Qualified” drivers. Our hiring standards are extremely stringent. If our recruiting personnel wanted 100% utilization tomorrow they could have it. Unfortunately, with that sacrifice of integrity and standard comes other (more significant) problems. Cargo losses, equipment damage, service failure. Tarnishing the image we’ve worked so diligently to create is hardly worth it.

What do you think the greatest benefit from being an OTA member is?

The flow of reliable information from across the state. We all have common issues and problems within the region, and on occasion we reap the benefit of finding ourselves slightly “ahead of the curve”. Information and preparedness is what keeps Kelworth proactive instead of reactive. I have good friends from Woodward to Tulsa...we talk quite a bit. Those relationships are invaluable. Kelworth is much more successful as a key player of the OTA team instead of going it alone.


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