OSAWATOMIE — David A. Billinger of Osawatomie has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for 16 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.

The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle.

Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based upon the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident, according to a news release.

OOIDA is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area. The association currently has more than 160,000 members from all 50 states and Canada, according to the release.

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