Governor Terry Branstad rode around the block on a street along the state capitol in a semi tractor pulling a tanker on Friday to mark the end of “Trucker Appreciation Week” in Iowa. The governor says the trucking industry is important to the economy of the state.
He says 75 percent of Iowans depend 100 percent on the goods brought to their cities by trucks.
Iowa Department of Transportation director, Paul Trombino says trucking companies have done their part to improve the safety on state roads.
Trombino says trucking companies have put a lot of effort into training drivers and creating programs that ensure the drivers are safe.
Trombino says other motorists on the roadways need to adopt the same policies to help keep roadways safe. Iowa Motor Truck Association president Brenda Neville says truck drivers see a variety of unsafe things on the roadways from other drivers.
The semi tanker featured a picture of the Des Moines skyline on one side.