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ATA Announces National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Video Contest

ARLINGTON, Va.— The American Trucking Associations today announced that it will sponsor a video contest for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2009 (NTDAW). The contest aims to celebrate the 3.5 million professional truck drivers delivering life’s essentials across the country everyday.

ATA is seeking amateur submissions from 1 to 2 minutes in length explaining why professional truck drivers are essential. Entries can be produced with simple cell phone or home video cameras – with the emphasis on creativity/message, rather than production values. The winning video will be displayed on ATA’s Truckline.com website.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2009 will take place November 1–7. The deadline for contest submissions is Oct. 15, 2009.

Entries can be sent to ntdaw@trucking.org or American Trucking Associations, ATA Image and Outreach, 950 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 210, Arlington, VA 22203. Or, submissions can be posted to YouTube, tagged with “ATATrucksBringIt” and the URL emailed to ntdaw@trucking.org.

There are over 3.5 million professional truck drivers nationwide – delivering the goods U.S. consumers need every day of the year. Logging over 432 billion miles per year, trucks delivered 10.7 billion tons of freight in 2007, or 69 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Professional truck drivers are more essential to the national economy than ever before, and they’re delivering their loads safely and professionally. To learn more about how essential the trucking industry is, visit www.ntdaw.org.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States. www.truckline.com

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