Services and Utilities first place winner Collin Casson, ARS/Rescue Rooter (Orange, California) and Waste/Construction first place winner Don Clerget, Waste Connections (Tacoma, Washington).  -  Photo: Lytx

Services and Utilities first place winner Collin Casson, ARS/Rescue Rooter (Orange, California) and Waste/Construction first place winner Don Clerget, Waste Connections (Tacoma, Washington).

Photo: Lytx

Lytx has announced the winners of its 2022 Driver of the Year awards. Since 2014, Lytx has recognized the exceptional work of professional drivers and coaches who make our roads safer using the Lytx Driver Safety Program. The program combines machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, coaching, customizable reporting, and a professional review of more than 60 types of risky driving behaviors.

The 2022 honorees were selected from a record number of more than 250 drivers and coaches nominated by their organizations. Each driver shared a commitment to safety, demonstrated by their outstanding driving behavior and a passion for sharing their safety knowledge with other drivers. Lytx selects the winners and runners-up of the Driver of the Year from six categories: Government; Services/Utilities; Transit/Motor Coach; For-Hire Trucking; Private Trucking; and Waste/Construction.

Services and Utilities

First Place Winner: Collin Casson, ARS/Rescue Rooter (Orange, California) - Not only did Casson receive company recognition as a safe driver for three consecutive years, but he also had no Lytx DriveCam events in 2019, 2020, or 2021. Casson consistently maintains high safety standards and averaged 98% on nine documented vehicle inspections in 2021. Casson, who has 20 years of driving experience (five years with ARS/Rescue Rooter), says customer service and safety have always been his top priority. He credits the weekly safety training and daily truck inspections with keeping every job site safe for his co-workers, customers, and himself. Casson has also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and Calvary Chapel’s Feed the Homeless program.

Second Place: Andy Coffer, Murphy-Hoffman Company 

Third Place: Dawn Ouldhouse, Vitalant

Waste/Construction

First Place Winner: Don Clerget, Waste Connections (Tacoma, Washington) - Clerget has an impressive record of safety and longevity as a driver for Waste Connections. He has 45 years of driving experience, 25 of them with Waste Connections. Clerget was awarded the 2021 Waste Connections Western Region Driver of the Year and was a three-year Murrey’s Circle of Excellence honoree. He mentors new drivers and regularly assists with morning safety meetings. Clerget said everything revolves around pride: Pride for where he started 45 years ago, pride in picking up litter around the yard, and pride in representing his company on and off the clock. In the community, Clerget volunteered as a board member for White River Little League wrestling and Enumclaw Pee Wee football, organized and participated in Enumclaw Relay for Life team, and was a Little League baseball coach. 

Second Place: Jason Daniel Lajeunesse, Waste Management 

Third Place: Jimmie Marks III, GFL/Environmental

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