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State trucking association celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Sep 12, 2013 - From staff reports

The Wyoming Trucking Association's Council of Safety Supervisors and American Trucking Associations is taking next week to honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America's freight safely and securely, every day.

"Professional truck drivers deliver our nation's essential freight safely, every day," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week of Sept. 15 to Sept. 21, ATA, its state affiliates and America's Road Team Captains will mark the celebration by holding events across the nation.

Wyoming Trucking Association's Council of Safety Supervisors will hold several refreshment breaks and barbecues at various ports of entry across Wyoming during September.

There are more than 3.1 million professional truck drivers delivering life's essentials, nationwide. These professional men and women log close to 398 billion miles each year. In 2011, trucking professionals delivered 67 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage, equivalent to 9.2 billion tons of freight. Roughly 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry for the delivery of goods.

ATA began celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in 1988.

For more information, contact the staff at the Wyoming Trucking Association at 234-1579 or khcundall@aol.com.

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