Safe trucking is of utmost importance to those in the trucking industry. Truck drivers adhere to strict safety regulations and trucking companies strive to use the latest safety technologies available. Unfortunately the press often latches on to the negative stories (highlighting the few trucking accidents instead of the millions of safe miles truckers have on the job), which often skews the public’s view of the trucking industry.
At last year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, an impressive movement was launched to educate the public about the trucking industry and change these negative views. This movement – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) – has recently revealed in a press release that it has reached its one million dollar fundraising goal. TMAF has experienced a surge of success during its first year, and the movement is expected to continue growing.
The TMAF mission is simple, to educate Americans on the importance of the trucking industry and the challenges it has to face. The trucking industry is a vital part of American life, responsible for carrying and delivering an endless list of necessities such as building supplies, medications, food and clothing. TMAF is also hoping to build political and grassroots support by focusing on areas such as economic growth, safety, technology, community outreach, and sustainability.
The press conference focused not only on the financial success of the past year, but also on the heart of the movement – the truckers. Video clips of truckers sharing their experiences on the job, their hopes for the industry, and their pride in their career gave the public a meaningful glance into the trucking industry. The trucking industry takes safety very seriously, and drivers with millions of accident-free miles on the job were recognized and celebrated at the press conference.
TMAF announced some goals for the upcoming year, including (but not limited to) fundraising, supporting efforts for highway funding to improve roadways, research to improve public image, and increasing pride in the industry.