Saturday, September 12, 2020
John Patti, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Next week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Louis Campion, president and CEO of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, says it takes on a special significance this year considering the crucial role truck drivers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Campion says nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need. He says 93% of all Maryland communities depend exclusively on trucks to get their goods. Trucks move 96% of manufactured freight in and out of Maryland – over 139,000 tons per day.
The trucking industry employs more than 111,000 Marylanders – 1 out of every 20 workers.
“Americans in all 50 states have taken extraordinary steps to show their appreciation for the important work that professional truck drivers have done as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic,” Campion said. “From children passing out lunches to businesses providing drivers with masks and hand sanitizers, the public has taken notice of the essential role truck drivers play in their lives. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a way to show appreciation to the 3.5 million professional men and women who deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time.”
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