Zachary resident wins truck-driving competition _lowres

Photo provided by Dana Weidman -- Leroy Williams, of Zachary, is the winner of the straight truck division at the 2015 Louisiana State Truck Driving Championships held March 27-29 in Baton Rouge. Williams won the same division in 2014.

Zachary truck driver Leroy Williams placed first in his division at the 2015 Louisiana State Truck Driving Championships March 27-29 in Baton Rouge.

Williams, a driver with Con-way Freight, was the best this year in the straight truck class. He won in his division at the 2014 championships as well.

Williams has been behind the wheel professionally for 27 years and attributes his success to looking out for other drivers and always staying alert.

One hundred and twelve drivers participated in the event, which included nine classes of competition: step-van, straight truck, three-axle van, four-axle van, five-axle van, five-axle tank, five-axle flatbed, five-axle sleeper berth and twin-trailers.

The competition includes a written exam that measures knowledge of the trucking industry, safe driving rules, first aid and fire-fighting; a pre-trip inspection requiring participants to find 17 defects planted on a test vehicle within a limited time; and a field test course, the release said.

In the field test course, the driver is judged on his ability to handle his vehicle and ability to judge distance and clearance. This year’s problems included the rear stop, side park, left steer axle, right turn, front stop and trailer scale.

The winners will represent LMTA and Louisiana in the 2015 American Trucking Association National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 11-15. in St. Louis.