Saia Receives Two First Place Awards for Safety Record

Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:48pm EDT

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  JOHNS CREEK, GA, Sep 19 (Marketwire) -- 
Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) announced today that it has been honored with
two first place awards for its excellent 2011 safety record at the
American Trucking Associations (ATA) Safety Management Council's recent
Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition held in
Kansas City, Mo.

    "Driving safely as we transport our customers' freight is paramount to
any other goal we have as a company," said Saia President and CEO Rick
O'Dell. "The professionalism and dedication of our drivers is truly
outstanding and we are thrilled to again be recognized by the Safety
Management Council."

    For the third consecutive year, Saia took first place honors in the
"General Commodities LTL/Local Division" category. The company also
placed first this year in the "General Commodities LTL/Linehaul
Division." The ATA presented the awards to Saia at the Truck and
Industrial Awards and State Association Recognition Awards Luncheon on
September 13.

    Saia's commitment to safety includes ongoing employee training,
application of the Smith System defensive driving techniques, use of the
Iteris Lane Departure Warning System and Bendix Wingman Advanced
technology, which assists drivers in preventing collisions, roll-overs,
and loss-of-control accidents, as well as participation in the ATA's
Safety Council.

    "We sincerely appreciate the ATA's recognition as it validates the hard
work of our employees as well as the confidence our customers place in
our products and service each and every day," stated O'Dell.

    About ATA

    The ATA is the largest national trade association for the trucking
industry. The ATA's National Truck and Industrial Safety Contests are the
only two national safety programs that recognize the extraordinary safety
accomplishments of motor carriers across the United States by operation
type and size. The ATA, through a federation of other trucking groups,
industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking
associations, represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of
motor carrier in the United States. For more information, visit

    About Saia, Inc.

    Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is a $1 billion corporation offering customers
a wide range of less-than-truckload, truckload brokerage and logistic
services through three separate but collectively managed entities, the
primary of which operates 147 terminals in 34 states and is home to the
industry-exclusive Customer Service Indicators and Xtreme Guarantee. With
headquarters in Georgia, Saia, Inc. employs 8,200 people nationwide. For
more information on Saia, Inc., visit us at

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For more information, contact:
Jeannie S. Jump
Saia Corporate Communications Coordinator
Phone: 770-232-4069 

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