A recently published Boston Herald Op-Ed piece illustrates the impact from millions of trucklers traveling across the country every hour of every day to make sure the necessities you need and enjoy are available at your local grocers.
“If we don’t transport freight, the country comes to a standstill”
The estimated 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States have become a new wave of front-line responders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, delivering billions of tons of freight from one place to the other every year. In the weeks since the coronavirus has spread across the country, truckers are the men and women who are making sure perishable foods and pharmaceuticals are delivered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, never stopping or slowing down your ability to get what you need — despite all of the barriers, restrictions and complications of the coronavirus.
"you won’t find a group of people that loves to step up to the plate and answer the call in times of need that you will from truck drivers.”
Jim Richards, CEO of KLLM knows that if you get into an accident on the highway, the first one there is usually a truck driver with a fire extinguisher, or trying to help first responders.
“And that’s just the type of people they are,” Richards said. “I think a lot of times, quite frankly, the industry can be portrayed as a bunch of outlaws or kind of a rough group of people. And I understand where some of that comes from, but at the same time, they for the most part - they’ve got be hard. And times like this, it really shows up.”