The Oklahoma Trucking Association (OTA) held its annual safety banquet March 4, 2003, in Oklahoma City OK. Harold Lewis of Tulsa OK, an Oklahoma Tank Lines-United Petroleum Transports (OTL-UPT) driver, was selected as OTA's 2002 Oklahoma Driver of the Year.
With OTL-UPT since 1974, Lewis has been a lease operator and is currently a company driver out of the Tulsa CSC. He and his wife, Carol, live in Tulsa. Lewis received the OTL-UPT Professional Driver of the Year award for 1987.
These OTL-UPT drivers received 2002 OTA Professional Driver nominations: Jack Adcock, Oklahoma City; Robert Coffey, Henryetta OK; Donnie Mitchell, McAlester OK; Larry Smith, Oklahoma City; and Carl Thederahn, Oklahoma City.
Eligibility for OTA's Professional Driver Award is accomplished through safe driving, community service, participation in state/national driving championships, and acts of heroism.