BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States and the trucking industry employs more than 7.3 million people. That's one out of every 16 workers in the country.
These professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe. They deliver everything from clothing and food to medicine and schoolbooks to communities nationwide.
This is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week - a time when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs. More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
American Trucking Associations has a long history of supporting truck safety initiatives and was an early proponent of mandatory drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers, a ban on radar detectors in trucks, and prohibitions on the use of hand-held mobile phones by truck drivers.
In 2015, the trucking industry hauled 10.49 billion tons of freight, or 70.1 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Rail was the next busiest mode, moving 13.8 percent of the nation's freight tonnage.