Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Announces the Winners of its 23rd Annual North American Inspectors Championship

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NAIC is the only international event dedicated to recognizing and awarding commercial motor vehicle inspector excellence.

NAIC 2015 Contestants

NAIC contestants are not only tested in the competition, they also learn throughout the week about the latest CMV safety trends, technologies, standards and inspection procedures.

Fifty one roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, on Aug. 10-14, 2015, to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC).

Each year, CVSA recognizes the best of the best by inviting member jurisdictions throughout North America to participate in NAIC, the only event dedicated to recognizing and awarding commercial vehicle inspector excellence.

The Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award is the highest NAIC honor for roadside inspectors. This year, the Grand Champion Award was awarded to J.D. Berrong with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for his combined performances in six competition elements:

1. North American Standard Level I Inspection
2. North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure
3. North American Standard Hazmat/Transportation of Dangerous Goods Inspection
4. North American Standard Cargo Tank/Other Bulk Packagings Inspection
5. North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle (Motorcoach) Inspection
6. North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Exam

The John Youngblood Award of Excellence is a special award NAIC contestants bestow on a fellow NAIC inspector who exemplifies the high standards and unwavering dedication to the profession. This year, NAIC contestants voted to present the John Youngblood Award to Brad Mitchell with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The following awards were presented during this year’s NAIC:

High Points: United States
J.D. Berrong, North Carolina State Highway Patrol

High Points: Canada
Darren Kennedy, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

North American Standard Level I Inspection:
First Place – Steve McPherson, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Second Place – Andrew Stapleton, South Dakota Highway Patrol
Third Place – Carlos Rojas, Alaska Department of Public Safety

North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Cargo Tank/Bulk Packagings Inspection:
First Place – Reagan Droddy, Texas Department of Public Safety
Second Place – Nicolas Wright, Kansas Highway Patrol
Third Place – Charles Shaver, Tennessee Highway Patrol

North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle (Motorcoach) Inspection:
First Place – Eric McGuire, Florida Highway Patrol
Second Place – James Hamrick, Arkansas Highway Police
Third Place – Mike Watts, Alberta Justice & Solicitor General

Team Award – Orange Team:
Jason Harris, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Daniel Voelker, Arizona Department of Public Safety
Rhonda Wood, Kentucky State Police
Mike Miller, New Jersey State Police
J.D. Berrong, North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Steve McPherson, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Charles Shaver, Tennessee Highway Patrol
Scott Parsons, Virginia State Police

“NAIC contestants are not only tested in the competition, they also learn throughout the week about the latest CMV safety trends, technologies, standards and inspection procedures,” said CVSA President Maj. Bill Reese of the Idaho State Police. “The North American Inspectors Championship tests and educates inspectors, providing a well-rounded educational opportunity along with the healthy competitive spirit that has guided and made this competition successful and a goal for top aspiring inspectors for the past 23 years.”

Roadside inspectors are highly trained professionals who save lives every day by keeping unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers off our roads. The work of a commercial vehicle inspector is not easy, but it is vital in ensuring public safety on North American roadways. The North American Inspectors Championship was created to recognize inspectors and officers – the backbone of the commercial vehicle safety program in North America – and to promote uniformity of inspections through education.

“Commercial vehicle inspectors are skilled professionals who are dedicated to help protect the motoring public by conducting more than three million unannounced inspections each year and removing unsafe trucks, buses and commercial drivers from the road,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Chief Counsel Scott Darling. “While we honor the participants of the North American Inspectors Championship who competed this week, we also recognize and salute the thousands of roadside inspectors working everyday with the goal of ensuring that every traveler reaches his or her destination safety.”

NAIC is sponsored by CVSA and many of its valued associate members. For the past 23 years, the championship event has been held in partnership with the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC). NAIC has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as an event that "Advances America."

To learn more about NAIC and to view photos from this year’s Championship, visit http://www.cvsa.org/programs/naic_program_overview.

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