- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The nation has become intensely interested in the availability of toilet paper and hand sanitizer during the coronavirus crisis, prompting a new appreciation of those who bring such products to the stores. A new hashtag has emerged on social media to acknowledge the work of American truck drivers who remain on the roads.

#ThankATrucker applauds the 3.5 million professional drivers of 18-wheelers and other vehicles who move some 11.5 billion tons of freight a year.

“Truckers are an important link keeping hospitals, grocery stores and everything in between supplied in spite of the virus. They are moms and dads, husbands and wives. They are some of the hardest working, patriotic people in the country moving virtually all of the goods,” tweeted Sen. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican.

“Next time you see a trucker, thank her or him,” the lawmaker said.

“In order to keep store shelves stocked, hospitals supplied, first responders equipped and government agencies running, duty calls the American trucker to the road,” the American Trucking Association said in a statement.

“We call on government officials to provide them with the flexibility and resources they need to get the job done,” the organization said. “But there’s one thing all Americans can do right now: Thank a trucker. Especially during trying times like these.”

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