Truck drivers dealing with long hours, high demand during coronavirus pandemic

Truck drivers are working around the clock to deliver important medical supplies, food, and other essentials to grocery stores and hospitals nationwide.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 11:28 PM

ROME, N.Y. - While many people are being told to stay home to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, some people don't get to do that, including health care professionals and first responders, but one profession people may not think about is the one responsible for delivering medical supplies and food that is needed during this time.

"Electronic billboards are saying stay home and save lives, with that being said we're still out here," Ricky Carter, company truck driver for Western Express said.

Truck drivers are working around the clock to deliver important medical supplies, food, and other essentials to grocery stores and hospitals nationwide.

The president declared a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency supplies in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"We have to get the freight there, we have to make sure that the shelves stay stocked, we need to get it there in a timely manor," Carter said.

Carter says he loves his job and knows how important it is, but right now, things are a lot different than he's used to.

"We're in a frustrating time, and even though everybody else is frustrated, we're frustrated as well," Carter said.

But his number one priority is getting people the things they need.

"We're going to get the freight there no matter what, we enjoy what we do, we love the road," Carter said.

Truck drivers, just like everyone else, are at risk of catching the coronavirus. They have to worry about staying safe on the road and healthy.

"We're out here doing a tireless job," Carter said. "We're also being confronted with the coronavirus."

Carter is advocating for others in his profession by asking the community to help them do their job.

"When you see a truck driver coming down the road, especially during this time and any other time, give them their space, allow them to get by so they can not only get to your community, a family member or a friend's community, or just a neighboring community because it takes a village," Carter said.

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