By Jena Williams


Safety Professional of the Year* – Jill Snyder – Premier Transport Inc.

Friday, July 12, a special awards ceremony occurred at Cheney Stadium just before the Tacoma Rainiers Game. Although, the Rainiers may have lost to Reno 4-1, to us the real winners were the Safe Drivers and Safe Fleets represented there.

Washington is blessed with so many wonderful companies and safe drivers, but the top for 2013 were recognized for having outstanding safety records.

The Washington State Patrol handles the judging based on several factors including the driver’s nomination form, letters of support from outside the company, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) violations, accident history, and Safety Net (an enforcement tool.)

The companies are determined based on nomination, CSA scores, Inspection Selection System (ISS) scores, accident history per million miles, Safety Net, and specialty.

Awards were presented by Assistant Chief Mike DePalma of the Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Bureau of the Washington State Patrol and Jack Morris, Senior Safety Representative for Great West Casualty Co.

Safe Drivers 


Movers Conference – Russel Wilson – Lile International.


Common Carier Conference – Richard Walsh – Interstate Distributor Co.


Private Carrier Conference – Jeffrey Maas – The Boeing Co.

Safe Fleets   


Private Carrier Conference – The Boeing Co.



Grand Champion (carrier with best overall score) AND Common Carrier under 5 million mile – Associated Petroleum Products



Log Truck Conference – McKay and Son LLC.



Common Carrier over 5 million miles – Gordon Trucking Inc.

*The Safety Professional of the Year is nominated by colleagues in the industry and is selected by an independent committee, not affiliated with the Washington Trucking Associations.

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau: