Truckers' gifts are springtime fresh

| 8/26/2003

In a message issued from the Western White House in Crawford, TX, President George W. Bush praised America's truckers for their "important contributions to our economy and our quality of life."

Bush said, "By transporting essential goods across the country, truckdrivers sustain critical networks of trade and commerce."

Trucker Dennis Hall called Land Line after crossing the Arizona-Utah border at the St. George, UT, border crossing, where officials thanked truckers by offering them a bag of goodies.

“There were 30 people there, including DOT officers who where handing out bags to truckers,” Hall said. “Inside, there was a hamburger, a bag of chips, your choice of water or soda and a package of fabric softener.”

The port of entry and about 30 companies, including Costco, sponsored the effort, Hall said.

The president also praised the safety record of the 3 million truckdrivers who criss-cross the country daily, delivering more freight than any other form of transportation. 

"They ... can be proud that the number of car-truck related fatalities has dropped for the fifth straight year," he said. "Your hard work and dedication contribute to a safe and efficient freight transportation system and our nation's prosperity."