TravelCenters of America accepting nominations for 2022 Citizen Driver

May 4, 2022

Land Line Staff


It’s time to make your nominations for TravelCenters of America’s annual Citizen Driver competition.

TravelCenters of America announced the nomination period began on May 1, and will continue through June 30.

The Citizen Driver award recognizes over-the-road professional truck drivers who exhibit citizenship, safety, community involvement, leadership, as well as health and wellness, the TravelCenters of America website said.

This year’s competition will include two grand prize winners as well as 10 finalists, who will also receive awards.

Family, friends and co-workers can nominate a truck driver who evokes public respect for the profession at

Grand prize winners will be honored with a ceremony at a later date.

Citizen Drivers

Last year, OOIDA members Dan Porter and Don Talley were selected as the grand prize winners.

Porter, known by many as “Dusty,” has been in the industry for over 50 years. He served on the Werner Driver Advisory Committee and volunteered for the Special Olympics Truck Convoy and Trucking for a Cure. Porter’s dedication ceremony was held at the Petro location in Glendale, Ky.

Talley has more than 2 million crash-free miles and 20 years of experience to his name. In an effort to promote the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund and Truckers Against Trafficking, he formed the Road Dog Crew. The Petro in Gaston, Ind., was dedicated in Talley’s name for being named a Citizen Driver.

View previous Citizen Driver honorees, including Dick Pingel, a member of OOIDA’s Board of Directors, and Marty Ellis, current driver of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, here. LL