Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne issued a proclamation designating this month as Truck Safety Month in recognition of OOIDA’s effort enlisting truckers across the country to driver in strict compliance with all state laws, including speed limits, and federal safety regulations.
Idaho joins a number of states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri and Wisconsin, that also have supported OOIDA’s June Safety Month initiative (click on the “Running Compliant” bar on this site under “Hot Topics,” then go to “State Resolutions” for complete details).
Meanwhile, both the U.S. House and Senate have introduced resolutions supporting OOIDA’s effort and asked President George Bush to make June each year National Safety Month.
The Idaho proclamation says the following:
"Over 2,000,000 long-haul trucks and 138,000,000 automobiles share the nation's highways each day; and
"Whereas, more than 5,000 lives are lost each year in accidents involving large trucks; and
"Whereas, long-haul truckers serve vital business just-in-time delivery schedules and great personal sacrifice, including driving at all times of the day and under adverse weather, road and delivery conditions; and
"Whereas, the economy of Idaho and the Nation depends upon long-haul truckers, who deliver 71 percent of the dollar value of freight hauled in the United States; and
"Whereas, it is important to recognize the contributions, responsibilities and needs of truckdrivers to make Idaho roads safer;
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, DIRK KEMPTHORNE, governor of the state of Idaho, do hereby proclaim June 2003, to be Truck Safety Month."