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Gov. Jindal proclaims Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Motor Transport Association, along with the American Trucking Associations and the entire trucking industry, is taking this week to honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America's freight safely and securely every day.

     Jindal has issued a proclamation that Sept. 13-19 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week in Louisiana.

     During Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association Safety Management Council will join Cash Magic Truck Plaza & Casino in hosting a "Safety Break" to honor Louisiana's truck drivers on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cash Magic Truck Stop, 1869 Mills Highway, Breaux Bridge. There will be  food, beverage, prizes and gift bags for truck drivers.

     There are over 3.4 million professional truck drivers nationwide - delivering life's essentials. Louisiana's truck drivers safely deliver more than 805,047 tons of freight each day to over 78% of Louisiana communities who depend solely on professional truck drivers to receive their goods.

     Across the country, these professional men and women behind the wheel log close to 275 billion miles each year and in 2013 delivered 68.8 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage - or over 9.96 billion tons of freight. Professional truck drivers keep this country moving.

     The Louisiana Motor Transport wants to especially thank the 90,000 professional truck drivers in the state of Louisiana.

     To learn more about how essential the trucking industry is, ntdaw.org.

     Incorporated in 1939, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association is the non-profit trade association representing approximately 350 trucking industry and related companies throughout Louisiana and the United States. LMTA is the officially recognized affiliate of the American Trucking Associations, Inc. in Washington, D.C.