Anderson, Indiana (June 8, 2021) – On June 12, 2021, Carter’s very own Don Talley, Muncie, IN, will be recognized as the 2021 Citizen Driver of the Year presented by Travel Centers of America. The ceremony will take place at the TA/Petro Travel Center in Gaston, IN, and this location will be dedicated in Don’s name. Don was one of two selected for this distinguished award and the first driver to receive this recognition in Indiana. In addition, Dan “Dusty” Porter, Ontario, Canada, is also a 2021 recipient.

“We are incredibly proud of Don Talley and his significant accomplishments both behind the wheel and beyond. He is a great driver and employee, but more importantly, a great person that will leave a lasting impact on our company, this industry, and his community.” Jessica Warnke, President & CEO of Carter Express, Inc

As the recipient of this award, Don will receive a $2,500.00 check to donate to a charitable organization of his choosing, along with having the TA/Petro Travel Center dedicated in his name. Don chose to donate to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.

“I believe in helping drivers out when they fall on hard times. I have had injuries that have kept me from driving behind the wheel. I want professional drivers to know that this resource is available when they are in financial distress due to a health concern keeping them from driving.” Don Talley, 2021 Citizen Driver Award Honoree.

Carter Express is donating $5,000.00 to St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, making the total donation $7,500.00.

About Don Talley

Don Talley is a U.S. Army veteran, having proudly served in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. For the past 21 years, Don has worked as a driver for Carter Express and has logged over 1.95 million accident-free miles.

Don is dedicated to helping others and is very active in his community and the transportation community. Don was instrumental in forming the Road Dog Crew, which helps promote special causes such as Truckers Against Trafficking and St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.

About the Citizen Driver Program

The Citizen Driver program was created in 2013 to recognize the professional drivers who keep the economy moving. Over 37 Citizen Drivers were recognized, and 33 TA/Petro Stopping Centers were named in their honor since the program’s inception.

To learn more about the Citizen Driver program and to view past winners, visit

About Carter Express, Inc

For three generations, the Carter family of companies has been evolving to meet the demands of an ever-more-connected world. What began as a modest, family-owned dealership in 1957 eventually developed into a trucking company and then into a public and globally owned logistics powerhouse with clients located worldwide. In addition to our external partnerships, Carter Express offers unparalleled shipping services through its partner carrier, Carter Express. With over 800 power units and 1,600 trailers, Carter Express is a recognized expert in customs and border crossings for Canada and Mexico.