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ATA Unveils 2023 Law Enforcement Advisory Board

[ February 1, 2023   //   ]

The American Trucking Associations unveiled its 2023 Law Enforcement Advisory Board—a panel formed in 2021 to advise the ATA Federation on strategies to grow and strengthen relationships between the trucking industry and law enforcement organizations across the country.

The board is comprised of ATA members who have previous experience in federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as current and retired law enforcement officials who’ve contributed positively to the partnership between both groups. The 2023 LEAB has 38 members in total whose collective law enforcement experience totals over 900 years.

Fred Fakkema, vice president of safety and compliance for Zonar Systems, will once again serve as LEAB Chairman. Prior to joining Zonar, Fakkema served 25 years in the Washington State Patrol.

“This group continues to make a positive impact on highway safety by working to better align industry and law enforcement resources toward that common goal,” said Fakkema. “Last year, we helped advance the ball on truck parking through outreach to state departments of transportation across the country, alerting them to the federal funds available to build out capacity. That issue, in addition to others like human trafficking, aggressive and distracted driving, and marijuana legalization, will remain a top focus of ours in the year ahead.”