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Safe Driving Pays Off For Truck Drivers

by Jana Ritter - Published: 7/29/2013

Landstar System, (asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions and specialized transportation logistics services), paid tribute to the best and safest of its owner-operators at the 2nd Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration.

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The event featured an awards program where Landstar inducted nine business capacity owners (BCOs) as Landstar Roadstars and honored 125 BCOs for driving one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident, eight BCOs as new two million miler safe drivers and two BCOs as three million mile safe drivers. To top off the celebration of this elite group of BCOs, Landstar presented its second truck giveaway of 2013.

The truck giveaway was sponsored by Comdata and exclusively reserved for a Landstar Roadstar or million miler, with each receiving one entry and those attending the Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration received an additional entry. The list of entrants was narrowed to five during the events and by the second evening, one lucky BCO selected the winning truck keys from the five sets available. This year's winner – Mike Edwards of Grover Hill, OH – is a member of the newest class of Landstar million mile safe drivers.

But the event paid tribute to all drivers earning their Landstar status. “Landstar Million Milers dedicate themselves to making the roads safer for us all. They are true professionals who deserve to be honored in a special way,” said Landstar chairman, president and CEO Henry Gerkens. “We are especially proud to recognize the company's two new three million mile safe drivers, Art Trezise and Jimmy Wingfield.”

Of the 753 total number of active Landstar million mile safe drivers, nine earned the distinction of becoming Landstar Roadstars. Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellent customer service. Each has also been previously recognized as a Landstar million mile safe driver. The addition of this class raised the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 190 BCOs who have received this honor since the company began presenting the award in 1990.

“These select professionals are the best of the best,” said Gerkens. “Roadstars epitomize professionalism behind the wheel. Their outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire industry and we are proud to showcase them as Landstar's best.”

In addition, the company presented its Landstar BCO Lifetime Achievement Award to husband and wife team drivers, Harold and Helen Eanes. The award, only the second ever given out, is the highest level of recognition Landstar BCOs can earn. The Eanes, who have been married 51 years and working together as team drivers since 1985. They are both Roadstars and received an additional honor during the All-Star event when they were presented with the “Million Mile Award for Safety Excellence” by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.

In addition, the company presented its Landstar BCO Lifetime Achievement Award to husband and wife team drivers, Harold and Helen Eanes. The award, only the second ever given out, is the highest level of recognition Landstar BCOs can earn. The Eanes, who have been married 51 years and working together as team drivers since 1985. They are both Roadstars and received an additional honor during the All-Star event when they were presented with the “Million Mile Award for Safety Excellence” by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.