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September 11-17, 2022: Truck Driver Appreciation Week

WHEREAS, U.S. professional truck drivers deliver safely and securely life’s essentials to every home, community, school, hospital and business in America; and,

WHEREAS, the more than 221,100 people work as professional truck drivers in Michigan are among the safest of all drivers, and are dedicated to safety on our highways and in our workplaces, to the industry they work in, and to families and residents; and,

WHEREAS, professional truck drivers in Michigan safely deliver more than 355,530 tons of freight each day, and provide 100 percent of last-mile deliveries in Michigan communities, which depend solely on the professional truck drivers to receive their goods; and,

WHEREAS, professional truck drivers who keep the shelves of our local supermarkets fully stocked, deliver medicine and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics, and deliver goods at every stage of production – from raw materials to the store shelf – should be honored; and,

WHEREAS, residents should take a moment to recognize the significant contributions of our professional truck drivers. The efficiency and safety that these drivers guarantee allow businesses and private citizens to confidently ship goods across state lines and throughout the United States; and,

WHEREAS, during our state’s most challenging times and in moments of natural disasters, professional truck drivers are among the first to respond, bringing critical goods to aid in our recovery; and,

WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of professional truck drivers to our well-being and the economic value of their industry to Michigan, we honor truck drivers for their past and future contributions; and,

WHEREAS, professional truck drivers should be recognized as vital and essential to America;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 11-17, 2022, as Truck Driver Appreciation Week in recognition of the important contributions of professional truck drivers to the expansion and health of our economy. If you received it, a truck brought it.