|Alabama's Road Team|
Alabama's Road Team was established in 2000 by the Alabama Trucking Association to serve as a public education program to address highway safety within the trucking industry and to educate the motoring public on how to drive near large commercial vehicles.
Our Road Team is composed of locally based professional drivers who are selected for an outstanding safety record and an ability to communicate with audiences from many different walks of life. These individuals are ambassadors for the trucking industry and take a few days each month away from their regular driving duties to speak to civic organizations, classrooms, businesses and media.
The Alabama Road Team is a free service to the public and available upon request to any group needing a speaker to inform or entertain. Presentations include Share the Road demonstrations, driver safety, industry promotion, and a variety of other topics.
For more information, contact Tim Frazier at (334) 834-3983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Road Team
UPS Freight driver Rodney Cosper began driving trucks in 1990, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for professionalism from his employer and other industry organizations.
He joined the Road Team in April 2014. His passion for workplace and highway safety is infectious, says his supervisor Pat LaRock, who nominated him for the Team. “Rodney is very knowledgeable of the rules and regulations of the road and is energetic in passing on the message of safety to all his peers,” LaRock says.
A father of two teenage boys, Cosper knows the many distractions young drivers face -- everything from digital devices to vehicle passengers and others on the road. He says he is excited to be a member of the Road Team so that he can that he can continue to teach other youths about responsible driving. “I take a lot of pride that I taught my oldest how to drive and be a safe and courteous driver,” he says.
Cosper says he’s had a great career in trucking and wants everyone to understand and respect what trucking provides for the community.
Another new Team member, Rusty Holmes has worked with UPS for more than 25 years, logging more than 1.5 million miles for the company’s facility in Trussville, Ala.
Holmes is an extremely skillful driver. Interestingly, he has competed at the Alabama Trucking Association’s state Truck Driving Championships 10-straight years, winning his division in 2004, 2009 and 2014, and thus earning the right to represent the state at the National Trucking Driving Championships.
“I love what I do for a living,” he says. “Driving a truck for a really great company has allowed me to provide for my family. I know firsthand the many opportunities trucking offers, and I want to share that with young people.”
“I’m so proud to serve on the team,” he says. “Representing the state trucking industry is an honor. I want to do all I can to make our roads safer. If anything I do with this program saves one life then all the training and time spent will be well worth it.”
Daniel (Dan) Thompson is a 35 year veteran truck driver based in Spanish Fort, Ala. He drives for FedEx Freight’s terminal in Theodore, Ala., which is located a few miles south of Mobile. Thompson has been with the company for 28 years and handles a daily route to Birmingham and back. In his 1.8-million miles on the road, he has never had an accident. He has pulled a myriad of rigs during his career, including flatbed, dry van, twin trailers, hazmat, and even school buses. He is a diverse and crossed trained driver, and his knowledge of the transportation industry is a reflection of his vast experience.
Like other Road Team members, Dan is a regular winner at the Alabama TDC where he won his division in 2011 and 2013.
He is also a man of many talents and interests outside of trucking. He’s a coach for a local elementary school chess club, and a self described health nut who enjoys road biking, kayaking and fly fishing.
“Safety is never an afterthought for me,” he says. “The public is counting on me to drive safely under any condition or circumstance; my family is counting on me to return home safely each evening; and my employer and co-workers are counting on me to protect their image. I cannot let any of them down – that’s been my mission my entire career. I now have an opportunity to showcase the trucking industry’s efforts in safety and professionalism."