THE PDRTA team participants at the Pelican Center, in Myrtle Beach for the 2022 Coastal Regional Roadeo on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. Pictured are Back: Darryl Hickman, Jarrod Bell, Tavorous Collins, Shannon Lee, Jamal Henry, Bo Flowers, and Don Strickland; Front: Shanda George, Mitchell Brantley, Veronica Bostic, and Missy Planter, and Johnathan Bennett.
FLORENCE, SC, August 25, 2022 – Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority team members demonstrated their professional driving skills this weekend, Saturday, August 20, bringing home first, second and third place awards from the Coastal Regional Roadeo.
The Coastal Regional Roadeo is one of several bus roadeos that PDRTA participates in each year. The events are fun, friendly competitions that allow drivers the opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge. The three event categories at the Coastal Regional Roadeo were Cutaway, 35-foot and MV1. Obstacle courses were set up and timed to measure drivers’ abilities to maneuver through tight turns and narrow paths and simulated passenger stops.
PDRTA’s Jonathan Bennett took first-place in the event’s Cutaway Bus category. Bennett is a new driver for PDRTA, since May 2022, and is stationed in PDRTA’s rural areas. This was his first roadeo competition and he demonstrated his unrivaled skills as a new transit driver. The PDRTA team is inspired to see him accomplish the big win so early in his career.
In the 35-foot transit bus category, Darryl Hickman placed 2nd and Mitchel Brantley took 3rd place. PDRTA is proud of each participant in this event and their continued dedication to their skill.