David J. Carter, a truck driver for Citgo Petroleum Corp., has been named driver of the year by Ryder Truck Rental of Salt Lake City. He was chosen from a group of 235 drivers who serve the Salt Lake market.

Candidates were judged on several criteria including the number of years the person has driven a truck professionally, the total number of miles driven on city and open roads, safe driving awards already won, self-improvement safety courses the driver has taken and involvement in civic and community activities.Leroy Ownbey, Ryder's safety manager for Salt Lake City, said the driver of the year competition has become one of the trucking industry's most productive safety programs.

Carter will compete against driver of the year winners from other cities in a regional contest. Winners of three regional contests will compete for the company's driver of the year national award in April.