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Las Vegas is home to the safest garbage truck driver in the country, according to Environmental Industry Associations.

Republic Services rear-load truck driver Anthony Lucious recently received the Driver of the Year award at the industry’s annual convention, WasteExpo, in Atlanta.

Lucious won the industry-wide award based on his accident-free record and more than 100 letters from customers complimenting his service. He drives an average of 280 miles per week for Republic, making about 6,500 stops along the way.

He says the secret to his success is common sense. “All I can say is take your time, be safe, stay focused and always be aware of your surroundings.”

The 43-year-old has been working for Republic Services for 22 years. Since receiving the award in May, he says he has been able to use it to his advantage.

“A while ago my wife was complaining about my driving—‘Turn the radio down, buckle your seat belt,’” he says. “Now that I won … I always flash my Driver of the Year ticket.” – Kate Silver