Driver Lee Matte Takes Home Top Honors in 5-Axle Flatbed Division
(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), in cooperation with the American Trucking Association, recently held their annual Truck Driving Championships on June 4th and 5th in Baton Rouge. Three drivers from Dupré Logistics competed in the weekend’s events – Joseph Soileau in the 5-Axle Tank division; Lee Matte in the 5-Axle Flatbed division; and Phil Strickland in the 5-Axle Van division. Driver Lee Matte from Dupré’s Duson Energy Group won first place in the 5-Axle Flatbed division, and he will go on to participate in the American Trucking Association National Trucking Driving Competition to be held in Columbus, Ohio on August 3rd – 7th.
The LMTA Truck Driving Championships is an event in which member company truck drivers with outstanding driving records compete in nine classes of competition to represent Louisiana on the national level. Competition consists of a written test of questions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, a personal interview, a pre-trip inspection of a commercial motor vehicle of the vehicle class in which they are driving and an obstacle course with six problems they must maneuver the vehicle around as they are scored on each problem set.
At this year’s competition event there were 99 Louisiana drivers from several different companies who participated in the nine divisions of competition. The weekend culminated with the highlight of the event, the 20th Annual Safety Award Presentation & Banquet held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center.
“We are very proud of all three drivers that represented Dupré Logistics and especially Lee for winning his division.” Dupré Logistics Director of Safety and Security Al LaCombe said. “Their expertise and commitment to safe service represents the foundation of our culture at Dupré.”
The LMTA, founded in 1939, represents approximately 400 truck, bus and related industry companies throughout the state of Louisiana. The Association’s mission is to protect and defend the interests of the trucking industry on a state and national level. Recognized as the “voice of the trucking industry” in Louisiana, the LMTA honors outstanding carriers each year.
Dupré Logistics, LLC is a team of professionals who design and deliver safe, diversified solutions and services for quality-focused clients committed to increasing their competitive advantage. Dupré has more than 1,000 team members and is headquartered in Lafayette, LA. For more information, visit www.duprelogistics.com.