For this October column, John turns it over to Joyce Brenny, who wrote a response to the Star Tribune article on truck weight compliance, which the paper chose not to print.
Whether traveling to the State Fair or to end-of-summer vacations, Minnesotans are heading out on our roads and highways. As they do, Minnesota truckers will be on the lookout to help ensure all drivers have a safe journey.
I have been part of the trucking industry for more than thirty years, including spending time behind the wheel as a driver. I know firsthand how vital trucking is to the economy.
As a trucking business owner, I am active in the Minnesota Trucking Association. I am proud to be involved in its many initiatives to put safety first in our state.
Trucking plays an essential role in transporting goods and services across Minnesota and throughout the country. In fact, more than 68 percent of all Minnesota communities depend exclusively on commercial vehicles to move their goods. In addition, the trucking industry provides thousands of jobs in our state.
365 days a year, our professional drivers log many miles – in all kinds of weather and traffic – to deliver the products we want and need.
However, beyond trucking’s important role to our economy, ensuring safe and responsible driving is a core value.
Through research, education and training, the Minnesota Trucking Association is committed to exploring new ways to improve safety on Minnesota’s roads and highways within the trucking industry and among all drivers who share the road. We are particularly proud to work with the Minnesota State Patrol in these efforts.
Our association offers several important common sense tips for safely sharing the road with commercial vehicles. These are as simple as avoiding distractions, like texting while driving or keeping out of a commercial vehicle’s blind spots in the front, rear and both sides.
Unfortunately, there are other factors that do contribute to crashes with trucks and they are preventable. By obeying state laws, we all can make our roads and highways safer for everyone.
We also believe that safe driving habits begin early. That is why, for the past several years, our signature Share the Road program has been teaching high school students how to share the road with trucks.
The program’s goal is to reach as many high school students as possible and change driving behavior so that we can save lives.
The Minnesota Trucking Association is proactively doing what is necessary to make professional truck drivers the safest drivers on Minnesota roads and highways. We sponsor extensive driver safety programs and work with driver educators so new truck drivers are trained to share the road with all other vehicles.
Minnesota Trucking Association member companies and drivers stand solidly behind these programs.
Minnesotans are always on the move to enjoy what our state has to offer no matter where it takes us. We hope all drivers will see the benefit of shared responsibility so we all can reach our destinations safely.
Brenny Specialized, Inc.
St. Joseph, Minnesota