New Hampshire awarded Michael "Mickey" Rafeal, a 25-year driver for YRC, the New Hampshire Master Truck Driver Certification on November 2, the start of the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
The New Hampshire Motor Transport Association, Gov. John Lynch and the New Hampshire Department of Safety were at the State House to recognize Rafeal's career-long commitment to the community and the safety of the driving public.
In addition to an engraved plaque and a monogrammed jacket, the New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives read a resolution recognizing Rafeal's contributions.
Rafeal has made safety an important part of his career. He regularly competes in the state events leading up to the ATA National Truck Driving Championships. He's competed at the national level seven times and won third place in the Twins class in 2005. Rafeal is president of the state's professional driver association.
New Hampshire honored seven drivers this year. A safety committee comprising four safety specialists and a representative from the Department of Transportation reviewed nominations that drivers' employers submitted. Criteria included driving for their company at least one year; 1 million accident-free miles or 25,000 hours of accident-free driving; no citations within the past three years; and either performance of a meritorious act of selflessness, participation in community service and/or demonstrated leadership in a program or event that promotes the trucking industry's ideals and growth.