3.5 million people are truck drivers, here in the U.S. They safely deliver our foods, clothes, medicine, etc., and they're in it for the long haul
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:42:27 +0000Truck Driver Appreciation3.5 million people are truck drivers, here in the U.S. They safely deliver our foods, clothes, medicine, etc., and they're in it for the long haulhttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7092677?cpt=8&wpid=2637WATN >> local memphis live continues. >> did you know 3.5 million people in our nation are truck drivers? they deliver our food, clothe, medicine, even school books safely while keeping our highways safe. they are in it for the long haul. welcome john lex who is working to make it safer for all truck drivers. good morning, john. >> good morning. how y'all doing? >> doing great. tell us about this effort. >> well, it's national truck driver appreciation week. a week that's set aside to appreciate all the men and women for what they do. lot of people don't realize how vital trucking plays to our every day life. i like to tell people when you sit at the same dinner table at night, you just sit there an think about the dining table that you're sitting at, the chairs you're sitting on, the food you're eating, the silver wear and plates. all that stuff has been brought by a truck. this is a week set aside to just say thank you for what you do, you truly do make a difference in our lives. >> absolutely. the trucking industry, we all know, has such a tremendous impact on our national economy. >> yes. absolutely. you know, nationwide, one out of 16 jobs is related to trucking, whether a truck driver, forklift driver loading or unloading the truck. huge part of our economy. >> also, some people may not realize this, but truck drivers are the key to rebuilding after a natural disaster. >> absolutely. after first responders go in and they do their deal. they go in and save lives and evacuate people. we're the next ones to come in, delivering all those much needed supplies. your water, generator, chain saws and all that stuff. we get that all delivered. then after that we're delivering all the building supplies so we can rebuild those communities. we play a major major role in disaster relief. >> what can we do to make it safe for you, john? >> one thing you can do, put your cell phone downs. not using hands free. it's an epidemic. there's no text. no call worth you risking your life or the life of somebody else around you. put it down and buckle up, please. >> all right. thank you very much for joining us. we do appreciate all you do. it is time to appreciate those who make so many things possible.