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TABLE OF CONTENTSTennessee Trucking News OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE TENNESSEE TRUCKING ASSOCIATION
Q3 FALL 2017
18 TTA’s 2017 Convention Coverage
Trucking execs gather for TTA’s
87th annual convention
BY TTN STAFF
9 Congestion Worsening, but
Tennessee Set to IMPROVE
BY STEVE BRAWNER
15 Distracted Driving
A danger on Tennessee’s Roads
BY DEREK RAYMENT
29 TTA’s Road Team
BY CATHERINE STUART
32 Member Spotlight:
Jim Briggs, Advanced Ergonomics and
winner of TTA’s 2017 Allied Professional
Award at convention
BY RENEE MILLER
5 From the Chairman:
by Wayland Thompson
7 From the President:
by Dave Huneryager
34 Calendar of Events
34 TTA New Members
34 Advertiser Resource Index
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“Do the best you can, and don’t take life too serious.” – Will Rogers
Oﬃcial Magazine of the Tennessee Trucking Association My how time flies when you’re having fun, and I am having fun being your TTA Chairman!
Tennessee Trucking News is owned by the Tennessee Trucking With 2017 coming to a close, let me be the first to wish all of you Happy Thanksgiving, Merry
Association and is published quarterly by Matthews Publishing Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Group. For additional copies, to order reprints of individual Thank you to those who made it to TTA’s Annual Convention last month. To those who
articles or to become a subscriber to Tennessee Trucking didn’t make it, all I can say is you missed a good one! We had a great keynote speaker, Major
News, contact Carol Foster at [email protected] Dan Rooney (aka Noonan), and what a message he had. If you missed Noonan’s speech,
good news: you have an excellent opportunity to get his full story by reading his book. You
Publisher Jennifer Matthews-Drake may buy “A Partriot’s Calling” on line at www.partiotscalling.com. I had the privilege of
[email protected] meeting Noonan and spending some time with him in Destin—what a great story of sacrifice,
commitment, and faith. His book has recharged my commitment to give back not only to his
Executive Editor Dave Huneryager cause, but also to our industry and TTA. We all have been blessed beyond our wildest dreams
[email protected] by this industry that continues to supply more than we need. Major Rooney had a calling to
help fallen soldiers’ surviving families with scholarships to further their education, similar to
Art Director C. Waynette Traub our scholarship program through the TTA Foundation. His dream and Folds of Honor has
[email protected] raised over $90 million so far!
Photographers Larry Kuzniewski TTA has been operating as a nonprofit organization since 1930 providing benefits for
Caleb Shane Lollar members and opportunities to give back. It all starts with membership. We need to work
Ti any Thrasher Lyles together to grow our membership. We currently have 473 members out of an estimated 9,000
John David Pittman Tennessee trucking companies. We need to add 437 more members taking us to a total of 900.
If I do my math correctly, that’s approximately 10 percent of the Tennessee trucking companies.
Catherine Stuart That figure is very achievable if we pull the wagon in the same direction. If we are going to have
a vision, like Major Rooney’s, we should have a vision to be the best trucking organization in
Contributing Writers Steve Brawner the nation. We are already in the top tier of all trucking organizations out there, why not strive
Kelly Cargill Crow to be the best?
Sam Eiﬂing Through membership growth, we will be able to offer more safety training programs,
Eric Francis newsletters, conventions, truck driving championships, endorsed providers and much
Jennifer Barnett Reed more. We will continue to fund and grow the PAC that helps change our political landscape
John Schulz for the benefit of our industry. We will continue to fund and grow the Foundation offering
Todd Traub scholarships to our members, Ronald McDonald House, Road Team, Big Rigs for Little Kids
and other charities, to which we have donated $1.8 million to date.
Illustrator Brent Bennett
[email protected] Come on, folks, get on board and let’s do what we can to give back to an industry that gives,
will give, and has given to us all.
Ad Production Doug Benjamin
Deah Chisenhall Thanks again,
www.TNTrucking.org Wayland Thompson
Tennessee Trucking Association Staﬀ FirstFleet and TTA Chairman
President & CEO
Dave Huneryager Q3 FALL 2017 TENNESSEE TRUCKING NEWS • 5
Director of Safety
An a liate of the American Trucking Associations
Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) has served as the voice for Tennessee’s
trucking industry since 1930. TTA is a trade association dedicated to the
furtherance of the trucking industry’s goals and interests in Tennessee and the
United States. Our membership is a diverse group comprised of motor carriers,
both public and private, and companies providing products and services to the
industry. TTA serves these companies as a governmental a airs representative
before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues
that a ect the trucking industry. The organization also provides public relations
services, operation services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and
For more information, contact TTA at:
Tennessee Trucking Association
4531 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
From The President
Tennessee Trucking Association
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE As yet another Tennessee Trucking Association Annual Convention
President & CEO Secretary concluded in September our appreciation would not be complete without
DAVE HUNERYAGER JIM MOSBY several thank yous! Thank you to all those companies who provided different levels of
Tennessee Trucking Association sponsorship and for your continued support of the Association’s work towards improving our
FirstBank industry. Ninety-one of our member companies contributed to this year’s event, surpassing the
record set last year!
ATA State Vice President Treasurer
SCOTT GEORGE SCOTT SCHUMPERT Thank you to all the member attendees and their families; it would not have been the success
TCW, Inc. Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPSs it was without you. Thank you to all our new member attendees, and first time attendees, we
hope you learned some things and enjoyed the event enough to come back next year.
TruckPAC Co-Chairman East Tenn. Vice Chairman
DAVE MANNING Je Reed Thank you to our new Road Team Captains; Robert Barrett from Milan Supply Chain
TCW, Inc. Solutions, Ron Bolling of Walmart Transportation, Tim Chelette of Big G Express, Christy
Skyline Transportation McClain of TCW Inc., Cleve McCord of Sharp Transport, Dale Moore of FirstFleet, Jeff
Shinholster of the HUB Group, Jeff Stinson of FedEx Freight, and Eddie Threlkeld also of the
TruckPAC Co-Chairman Middle Tenn. Vice Chairman HUB Group. Thank you for the example you set and the confirmation of why we are so proud
TERRY MINOR MIKE MCFARLIN of the work you do.
Cumberland International M & W Transportation Co., Inc. Thank you to all of the Tennessee Trucking Foundation Auction donors and to all of you
Trucks, Inc. Southeast Tenn. Vice who so generously bid on those items. Your support of our effort to educate motorists young
Chairman and old about how to safely share the road with commercial vehicles is very much appreciated.
TTF President CONNIE VAUGHAN Thank you especially to Greg Shipman from Vertical Alliance Group for heading our
TOMMY HODGES Convention Auction Committee and to all the members of his committee for putting together
Titan Transfer, Inc. McKee Foods Transportation, a first-class event and an incredible auction. Thank you to Occusure Workers’ Compensation
Allied Vice Chairman LLC for once again sponsoring the auction closing party and the $1,000 cash drawing award.
TROY DICKENS West Tenn. Vice Chairman Thanks to Major Dan Rooney, the Founder of Folds of Honor, for his inspirational keynote
Rush Truck Center, Nashville JASON HIGGINBOTHAM address that kicked off our convention. I have heard from many of you that he was the best
Immediate Past Chairman Ozark Motor Lines, Inc. presenter we have ever had. By the number of folks in attendance, and your reaction, I could
not agree more! To ATA Chairman Kevin Burch for his remarks on Monday morning. To
JOHN ROSS Non-Domiciled Vice ATA President and CEO Chris Spear for his in-depth review of where he sees us as an industry
Milan Supply Chain Solutions Chairman at Tuesday’s breakfast. To TTA Membership Coordinator Donna Tomlinson for moderating
the ELD panel which had TCW’s and incoming ATA Chairman Dave Manning, Skyline
General Counsel NICK D’ANDREA Transportation’s Jeff Reed, Captain Brandon Douglas, Lieutenant Allen England, Road Team
C. DALE ALLEN UPS Captain Tim Chelette from Big G Express and Soona Lee from EROAD. All in attendance
Adams and Reese LLP learned from each panelist.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS On behalf of our Director of Safety Edmond Sorrell, our Administration Coordinator
Carol Foster, our Membership Coordinator Donna Tomlinson, our Foundation Coordinator
DIRECTORS AT LARGE BILL BOB WEST Catherine Stuart, and me, thank you for all that you do in support of our Annual Convention
R.E. West, Inc. and the Tennessee Trucking Association throughout the year, we appreciate each one of you!
Venture Express JIM BRIGGS Dave Huneryager
Advanced Ergonomics, Inc. President, Tennessee Trucking Association
BETH FRANKLIN [email protected]
Multi-Task Solutions JOE NACARATO
Nacarato Volvo Trucks, Inc.
Multi-Task Solutions EDDIE WAYLAND
King & Ballow
Pinnacle Bank BILL TIRRILL
McLeod Software SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE
JOE SHARP MAX FULLER
Western Express U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
SHEILA SHOUN JOE SMITH
Shoun Trucking Co. Kenco Transportation Services
ROB RHEA LISA PATE
FedEx Freight U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
WAYNE WEAVER TOMMY THAXTON
Rapid Ways Leasing Best One Tire & Service
BOB WEST WEST TENNESSEE
R.E. West, Inc.
BILLY WHITE Intermodal Cartage Co., Inc.
Clarke Power Services
EAST TENNESSEE Milan Supply Chain Solutions
BRUCE CAMPBELL TIM GATLIN
Forward Air Corp. Empire Express, Inc.
BILL REED, III CATHY PHILLIPS COATS
Skyline Logistics, Inc. H.B. Phillips, Inc.
JEFF ALLEN JEFF REEVES
Great West Casualty Company Reeves Brothers Trucking, Inc.
CRAIG KENDALL JEFF EARLE
The Peterbilt Store,-Knoxville Thompson Power Corp.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE TOMMY EARL
TAG Truck Center
FirstExpress, Inc. DICK SWEEBE
Summit Truck Group, Memphis
Big G Express, Inc. NON-DOMICILED REGIONAL
BRAD RAHRER MIKE KELLEY
Portland Express, inc. YRC Worldwide, Inc.
ALLIE SHARP SCHWALB HAL DOWLAND
Sharp Transport, Inc. HELP, Inc., Provider of PrePass
JOHN WALTON GREG SHIPMAN
Averitt Express, Inc. Vertical Alliance Group
Q3 FALL 2017 TENNESSEE TRUCKING NEWS • 7
IMPROVEbut Tennessee Set to
BY STEVE BRAWNER
Congestion added $63.4 billion to the found drivers lost more than 996 million hours, the
equivalent of 362,243 commercial truck drivers sitting
trucking industry’s operational costs in traffic for an entire year. The American Trucking
Associations said in 2015 the industry had a shortage
in 2015 – more than $22,000 for a truck of 48,000 drivers, meaning that completely congestion-
free highways would wipe out the shortage and leave
traveling 100,000 miles – and Tennessee the industry with a surplus of 314,000 drivers.
had one of the nation’s highest increases in Congestion added 23 cents per vehicle mile traveled,
congestion costs. But the state’s recently passed or an average of $5,664 for all of the nation’s 11.2
IMPROVE Act should reduce the problem statewide. million trucks. That amount represented a significant
increase from an earlier study looking at 2014 data,
The American Transportation Research Institute’s which found congestion added 18 cents per vehicle
(ATRI) May report, “Cost of Congestion to the mile traveled.
Trucking Industry: 2017 Update,” found that
congestion on the National Highway System added Several factors contributed to the increased
$22,276 in lost time costs for trucks traveling 100,000 congestion, including a 3.8 percent increase in
miles annually. Trucks traveling 150,000 miles policy-reported crashes and a 7.2 percent increase in
annually saw increased costs of $34,000. fatalities, the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
In an ATRI press release, Rich McArdle, president Rebecca Brewster, ATRI’s president and chief
of UPS Freight, said a five-minute delay annually on operating officer, said one reason for the increasing
each of its vehicles adds $105 million annually to the
company’s costs. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
The report came to its conclusions using data
sources including ATRI’s truck GPS database. It
Q3 FALL 2017 TENNESSEE TRUCKING NEWS • 9
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 number of motor carriers that they’re having an impact on congestion was severe
seeing increased incidents of four-wheelers weather, including Winter Storm Juno,
number of traffic accidents is driver crashing into their trucks, whether it’s which struck the northeastern United
distraction. In fact, ATRI plans to make rear-end or side-swipes because the driver States that January.
that topic its top research priority this of the car was distracted, not paying
year. It will study both the impact of attention, didn’t realize the truck had come The problem was concentrated in certain
passenger cars driven by cell phone- to a stop,” she said. areas, as 88 percent of congestion costs
holding drivers and the unintended were on 17 percent of the miles, while 91
distractions potentially caused by new The improving economy also was a percent was in metropolitan areas.
safety technologies in trucks. factor, as the nation’s gross domestic
product grew 2.6 percent in 2015, while The report found Tennessee had the
“We have anecdotally heard from a e-commerce sales grew 14.6 percent. Also ninth highest total cost of congestion at
more than $2.3 billion. The state ranked
12th the previous year, when the costs
where $1.4 billion. The $955 million
increase was the fourth largest nationwide.
However, Tennessee’s $186,013 in
congestion costs per National Highway
System mile did not rank in the top
10. First using that measurement was
Washington, D.C., whose $1.2 million per
mile was more than double second-place
Tennessee had the 10th most costly
congested metropolitan area – the Nashville-
which had $958 million in congestion costs.
That area’s costs rose 78 percent from the
year before, when they were $539 million.
Worst was the New York-Newark-Jersey City
corridor, which had $4.6 billion in congestion
costs. The Chicago and Miami areas had
congestion costs of more than $2 billion.
At the county level, Davidson County
had the nation’s sixth highest congestion
costs at $592 million. Congestion costs there
increased $307 million from the year before,
the second largest increase nationwide in
terms of total dollars. The most costly county
was Cook County, Ill., which was over $1
The Trump administration has promised a
major infrastructure development program,
but so far nothing has been proposed.
Meanwhile, Brewster said other work is
being done to alleviate the problem. The
Federal Highway Administration and state
transportation departments are studying
how to deal with traffic incidents. She helped
develop a national training course teaching
and equipping first responders to more
efficiently and safely clear accidents.
10 • TENNESSEE TRUCKING NEWS Q3 FALL 2017
Brewster said some of the industry’s gas tax will increase eight cents over three electric vehicles went into effect July 1.
efforts are having an effect. After ATRI’s years from 13 cents to 21 cents, while Meanwhile, the act cut taxes by nearly
annual truck bottleneck list was always led liquefied natural gas will increase eight
by the Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago, cents over that time period from 14 cents $300 million in 2018 and more than $500
the state finally addressed it, citing that to 22 cents. Starting July 1, commercial million a year when fully implemented.
list. Now it’s number three and being motor vehicle freight carrier registration It accomplishes this by reducing the sales
redesigned, though she doesn’t expect it to fees are increasing $20, while passenger- tax on groceries from five percent to four
drop out of the top 10 soon. transporting commercial motor vehicles percent starting July 1, reducing business
will pay $10 more in registration fees and taxes for manufacturers, and phasing out
A number of states have increased the rest of the state’s drivers will see a $5 the Hall income tax on investment income
motor fuels taxes without voters punishing increase. A new $100 registration fee for
the lawmakers responsible for it. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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stuck in those bottlenecks,” she said. “Four-
wheelers are as well, and I think the general
public is really starting to sort of reach the
frustration point, the boiling over point,
of saying we’ve got to do something about
During this year’s legislative session,
Tennessee lawmakers voted for the
Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads
and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy
ACT. It pairs higher taxes for roads with
even higher tax cuts thanks to a $2 billion
The IMPROVE Act will fund 962 road
and bridge projects in all of the state’s
95 counties, and it will reduce a $10
billion backlog in transportation projects.
Meanwhile, it will send $70 million each
year to counties and $35 million annually
to cities. Local voters in the state’s largest
counties and four largest cities can vote
through a referendum for tax surcharges for
All road users will share in the costs.
The act raises the diesel tax by 10 cents
over the next three years, from 17 cents to
27 cents a gallon, and the gasoline tax by
six cents over the next three years from 20
cents to 26 cents. The compressed natural
Q3 FALL 2017 TENNESSEE TRUCKING NEWS • 11
congestion CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
by the numbers
over the next five years.
$63.4 billion 996 million hours The act was supported by the
Amount congestion added to the Amount of time drivers lost due Transportation Coalition of Tennessee,
trucking industry’s operational costs in to congestion which included the Tennessee Trucking
The TTA’s involvement began at the
23¢ per mile How many drivers that would equal beginning of the session. TTA President
and CEO Dave Huneryager and Chairman
Amount congestion added per truck 314,000 Wayland Thompson, vice president of
FirstFleet, met with Gov. Bill Haslam in his
$22,276 – Amount congestion How big a driver surplus would be if office along with others. Haslam outlined
there were no congestion his plans in detail during that meeting.
added per truck traveling 100,000 miles The governor, along with legislative leaders
962 – Number of road and bridge and Commissioner of Transportation John
$2.3 billion Schroer, had spent two years traveling the
projects funded by the IMPROVE Act state and laying the plan’s groundwork.
Tennessee’s congestion costs, Huneryager and Thompson needed the
the nation’s ninth highest 91% – Percent of legislators in 16 blessing of the TTA’s board of directors
before offering their support, but they
$592 million states who supported fuel tax legislation liked what thy heard immediately, and
between 2013 and 2015, ran for re-election, Thompson even spoke about the state’s
Congestion costs in Davidson County, and won highway needs in a press conference that
the nation’s sixth worst
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day. As Huneryager recalled, “We were on highway funding. would pay for specific projects in all 95
front and center in support of investment “We were focused on the importance counties.
in where we work.”
of raising the gas and diesel tax because “I think it just helps to have a governor
Huneryager praised the plan as “a of the long-term, sustainable funding who’s willing to take a stance and cast the
comprehensive, user-based approach” that mechanism,” he said. “The politics of all vision and communicate,” he said.
requires everyone who uses the highways the rest of it, we didn’t get involved in.”
to help pay for them. Consistent with past Huneryager noted that the timing was
policies, it does so with no road debt. He The measure had more early support in the right for passing a fuel tax – and might not
said the bill’s phased-in approach will Senate, where it passed 25-6, than it did in have been right for a long time afterwards.
make it easier for Tennessee trucking the House, where the vote was a much closer The state has a pro-transportation
companies to adjust to it. 60-37 and occurred after hours of debate and governor who is in the last two years of his
80 proposed amendments. The lowering of last term, so he could afford to aggressively
Dave Manning, president of Nashville- the grocery tax to offset the increased revenue push the plan.
based TCW, who helped lobby for the made it easier for lawmakers to vote yes
legislation, said the challenge was to help because ultimately they were voting for a tax “It was time, and certainly it was hard
legislators see the revenue as a user fee cut. Trucking proponents wanted to index the fought, but at the end of the day we got it
and not a tax, which many have pledged tax, meaning it would rise with inflation, but done, and that’s the most important thing,”
not to raise. Another argument supporters legislators strongly believed the public should he said.
made was that residents of other states be approached about any tax increase.
would help pay the costs. Some legislators Thompson said Washington lawmakers
were afraid that no matter the arguments That means the industry will have to could learn from Tennessee’s example.
for the tax, their vote would be taken out return for another request. This was the
of context in their next political race. first time since 1989 the state has increased “They should take a lesson from our
Manning said trucking supporters tried to the gas tax. state,” he said. “Both sides of the aisle
stay away from those arguments and focus came together on this project and pushed
Manning said Gov. Bill Haslam did a it through and did something that was for
good job of explaining that the money the benefit of the state of Tennessee long
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ON TENNESSEE ROADS
BY DEREK RAYMENT
Truckers have a lot to watch out for on
the highway. Hazardous road conditions, heavy
traffic, bad weather, high speeds and curvy roads
are enough for truckers to be concerned about.
Now add a driver traveling the opposite way who
happens to be texting, head down, and eyes not on
the road. Distracted drivers pose a dangerous threat
for everyone who travels on Tennessee’s roads. The
consequences can be fatal.
Drivers are encouraged to drive safely at all
times, but it becomes even more crucial to do so
when near a tractor-trailer. Operators of tractor-
trailers prefer other drivers stay out of blind spots
and give them plenty of room to turn and come
to a stop. Drivers who are distracted will have a
more difficult time doing this since their focus
isn’t entirely on the road. The American Trucking
Associations (ATA) states that more than a third
of all accidents involving a tractor-trailer and a car
occur on the right-hand side of a truck’s blind spot.
The organization also states that distracted driving
can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
A driver may believe they have plenty of time
to look down and send a quick text. When in
reality, it’s much more dangerous than that. Given
the rate of speed most cars travel at on a highway,
a driver traveling at 60 mph who takes their eyes
off the road for a few seconds has already gone the
CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 suggested that an average of 59 percent of hands-free usage of electronic devices. In
Tennessee, there is no handheld cell phone
crashes between 2007 and 2015 contained prohibition for drivers except for the
previously mentioned novice drivers. So
length of a football field. This is plenty of some type of distracting behavior. Drivers the majority of Tennessee drivers are free
to roam the roads and talk on the phone,
time to collide with a tractor-trailer who studied were between the ages of 16 to just not text. While that’s more regulation
than some states, Tennessee law makers
has already begun to slow due to debris 19 and most lived in the Midwest region have tried to introduce bills that would
prohibit use of a cell phone with your
in the road. The ATA suggests staying of the United States. In that same study, hands while driving.
approximately 20 car lengths behind a 12 percent of crashes contained drivers “Many people think talking on a hands-
free cellphone while driving is safer than
truck, a distance that can quickly diminish using their cell phone. That percentage having the same conversation on a hand-
held device,” says White. “But even if you
if the truck comes to a stop and the went up as the years progressed over the
drive with both hands
driver continues on at a high speed. The study period, aligning with technological on the wheel while
talking on the phone,
organization also suggests staying out advancements in cell phones in that time you’re still putting
yourself and others
of blind spots, where the truck operator span. Nowadays, drivers are more likely in danger. When you
talk on the phone,
cannot see. If a driver were to be texting to use social media or texting capabilities your mind is engaged
in the conversation.”
while driving or driving while distracted, while driving, creating an even greater
Truckers across the
these tips may not be followed, increasing distraction. country will find that
the law varies state
the risk of an accident by state. For instance,
Iowa has a law in
occurring. place that makes
texting while driving
AAA believes that a primary offense, meaning drivers can
be cited if a police officer sees the driver
by raising awareness looking down at their phone texting. That
law became official in July 2017. Drivers
and understanding in Iowa can still talk on the phone and use
navigation devices, however.
how dangerous Wyoming has had a distracted driving
law in place since 2010, banning texting
distractions can be, while driving for everyone. The state even
goes a step further, banning cell phone use
needless deaths can outright for novice drivers. Those that fall
under the age of 18 are prohibited from
be reduced. Founded using their cell phone for anything while
driving, including navigation and hands-
in 1947, the AAA free talking. This Wyoming law is also a
primary offense, allowing officers to cite
Foundation for Traffic those under the age of 18. In total, only
four states do not have a primary offense
Safety’s goal is to enforcement for texting while driving.
research and address
highway safety issues.
Issues that can effect
Tennessee’s trucking COURTESY AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
and transportation industries. “Teens are especially at risk. Teen
AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety crash rates are roughly four times higher
states federal estimates suggest that than those for adult drivers, and traffic
distracted driving contributes to about 16 crashes are the leading cause of death for
percent of all fatal crashes, amounting to that age group,” says Rose White, a public
roughly 5,000 deaths each year. AAA also affairs director with AAA. “Teens face
says that teens are the drivers impaired an increased risk of distracted driving-
the most by distracted driving. A study related crashes because they are avid users
conducted by AAA’s foundation showed of cell phones and other technologies,
that teenage drivers are distracted about are inexperienced drivers, and are still
25 percent of the time they are driving. undergoing development in areas of the
Another study released in 2015 by the brain responsible for decision-making and
foundation that measured cognitive risk management.”
distraction found distractions on the road The Tennessee Department of Safety
can last approximately 27 seconds, whether and Homeland Security states that texting
that’s texting, adjusting the navigation while driving is illegal for all drivers.
system or eating. While drivers with a learning permit
In a 2016 teen driver safety study may not use cell phones at all. In recent
done by AAA’s foundation, key findings years, Bluetooth technology has enabled
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various traffic safety laws for all 50 states and potentially harm those driving in
Canada.” their vicinity.
Is distracted driving as dangerous as
drunk driving? That depends on the level of Tennessee Trucking Association reiterates the Huneryager says they just getting started.
intoxication or level of distractedness. White need to raise awareness for distracted driving. Programs in the community will be active
with AAA says that texting and driving “As our industry continues to see truck- this year. The ultimate goal Huneryager
imposes a high danger risk and that driving related accidents and fatalities decline, we says is to make Tennessee highways
requires use of the mind and body. When one see other driver’s responsibilities increase. and roads and a safer place to be, where
of those isn’t operating at a normal level such Our awareness promotion programs will everyone is paying close attention to
as with drunk driving or distracted driving, hopefully give other vehicles a second driving.
the risk increases. thought, something that might prevent Says Huneryager, “The Tennessee
Lieutenant Travis Plotzer with the them from engaging in cell phone usage Trucking Association works hard with
Tennessee Department of Safety and while on the road,” he says. community partners in road safety to help
Homeland Security says distracted The work of organizations across prevent traffic accidents and make sure the
driving is an epidemic. Plotzer works in Tennessee has helped raise awareness roads we drive on become safer each day.”
the Nashville District and is in charge for the dangers of distracted driving. But TTN
of special programs. He has worked for
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of Advanced Ergonomics
An industrial athlete and recipient of TTA’s 2017 Allied Professional of the Year Award
BY RENEE MILLER
He’s an interesting mix, Jim Briggs. A former law instead. Such a device not only protects the workers’ fingers, but
enforcement officer with a degree in Criminal Justice and because it is held at chest height, it minimizes vulnerability to
Business Law he found his way into the transportation industry the shoulder. When TCW equipped their workers with the “S”
through his other degree in Occupational Therapy. An odd shaped leverage pipe bars, their injury rate dropped significantly.
pairing, to be sure. Yet, both are true to the personal values In fact, there have only been 2 injuries in the past 5 years.
that he holds. A native Tennessean, Briggs started out in the
transportation industry by working with injured employees Prior to joining Advanced Ergonomics, Briggs served as
on the Nashville Roadway docks in an attempt to successfully the National Director of Employment Testing for the largest
return them to work following injury. Briggs wants to make outpatient healthcare service in the nation. He has been able
things better for the people around him. Whether it’s protecting to use his vast knowledge of ergonomics and apply it to the
them from harm in his community, or developing and designing trucking industry in a way that protects workers, and provides
solutions to keep them safe in their work environments, Briggs a risk management solution for TTA Carrier companies facing
has a heart for his community.
A recent recipient of the Allied Professional of the Year award,
Briggs is modest in his self-appraisal. When asked why he
thinks he received the award, he hems and haws, then suggests
that others be asked. “I’m good at company promotion, but not
good at self-promotion,” he says with obvious humility. The
award, given by the Tennessee Trucking Association to members
who have shown outstanding achievement in support of Fleet
Safety/Management, seeks to promote standards of quality and
performance within TTA Allied member companies and who
show outstanding support to TTA Carrier member companies.
While Briggs isn’t forthcoming in self-promotion, he has, in
his professional role at Advanced Ergonomics, Inc. as Vice
President of Business Development and as an active member of
the TTA been instrumental in supporting TTA Carrier member
companies through his efforts on safety in the workplace.
Take TCW, for example. TCW, a trucking company out of
Nashville, TN, and a member of TTA, was in consultation with
Advanced Ergonomics because of a high number of shoulder
injury claims. With analysis, Briggs noted that the shoulder
injuries were a result of the way in which workers opened trailer
doors. A suggestion was made for workers to use a leverage
bar to assist in the opening of the doors. Briggs improved that
idea by proposing the use of an “S” shaped leverage pipe bar
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too many workers compensation claims. A frequent writer and spending time with the fishermen out on the sea in order to
national speaker in the field of safety, ergonomics, and employee be in the actual environment where observations of their job
testing, Briggs is currently writing an article about the other responsibilities could be accurately made. When Briggs was
side of ergonomics, and says that “Ergonomics has to do with dropped off at an island in the Aleutian Islands after his Bering
designing the workplace to fit the worker. Testing, on the other sea adventure, to wait out another round of hurricane winds,
hand, is identifying the worker that fits the workplace.” The he spent time with the indigenous people there. He uses that
two go hand in hand but there are only so many ergonomic adventure as grist for the mill as he continues to try to make a
adaptations that can be made to keep a worker safe. For instance, difference in the industry by reducing unnecessary claims and
there are times when a local driver may not know that there continuing to secure the safety of workers. Briggs actually hopes
is no dock at the facility where they will be delivering their he’s working himself out of a job – or, at least, eliminating the
freight. In that situation, they must have the physical ability need for people in his line of work, because that will mean safety
needed for unloading. No ergonomic solution can mitigate for those in the industry. He also envisions that the increase in
that requirement. Testing insures, as much as possible, that the robotic warehousing will lead to more cross-docking stations
worker has the physical capacity to meet needs that might be which will help protect workers, and the rise in autonomous
required from the job even though they may not be a regular trucks will not only promote the safety of drivers, but the
part of the job. motoring public as well.
As part of his deep care for the In addition to receiving the Allied
trucking industry Briggs is clear Prior to joining Advanced Ergonomics, Professional of the Year Award, Briggs has
that when he is a member of an Briggs served as the National Director served on the ATA Safety Management
organization like TTA, he is a of Employment Testing for the largest Council and served as Allied Committee
servant of that organization. In other outpatient healthcare service in the nation. Chairman in 2010-2011. Beyond his
words, being a member of TTA is contributions to the trucking industry,
He has been able to use his vast knowledge Briggs gives his heart and service to his
not about using TTA as a vehicle
for achieving personal business and of ergonomics and apply it to the trucking Tennessee community as well. In his
financial gain from the members industry in a way that protects workers, church he serves as a deacon and as the
of the organization. It’s about and provides a risk management solution Director of Finance. He has also recently
immersing himself in the community for TTA Carrier companies facing too many been involved in implementing a security
of the organization by really caring protocol for the congregation. For four
about what TTA does. For Briggs, workers compensation claims. years he has served as a certified teacher of
serving in an organization means the “With Hope in Mind” family education
just that. Service. Service to and for and support program of the National
the members of the organization. This involves not only taking Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is a current Board member
on shared tasks, but being aware of when to step back so that of that organization.
others have a voice. For example, when Briggs took on the role of When you look at Briggs’ resume there are two professional
developer of the by-laws for the Allied Committee, he completed objectives listed: 1) to achieve the highest level of practical
the task given to him, but modeled his desire to collaborate and knowledge related to Physical Abilities Testing, and 2) to
promote the gifts of others by suggesting that someone other than assist in passing that information on to colleagues and other
himself serve as the Committee Chair. health professionals interested in the cardiovascular and
At one point in his career, Briggs was asked to go to the musculoskeletal system’s relationship to human performance
Bering Sea in near hurricane conditions to assess ways to and the industrial athlete. Briggs is his own industrial athlete,
reduce injuries of long haul fishermen. The fishing companies giving of his heart and soul to the trucking industry – a man
hired people out of Seattle but needed a way to assess who fits well the criteria of the Allied Professional of the Year
physical qualifications before putting new hires on boats. Award – a member of TTA who gives his best for the good of all,
Briggs conducted endurance studies and job task analysis by from the Bering Sea to Tennessee. TTN
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