Law enforcement kicks off Truck Drivers Appreciation Week

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Rain or shine, truck drivers are on the roads, and this week they're getting a big ‘thank you' for all their hard work. That was the purpose of a ceremony held by the Nevada and California Highway Patrols at Donner Pass September 10, 2018.

“A lot of times is all about getting the freight there and just to have the time to say thank you to the drivers for spending their time on the roads away from family is really important,” says truck driver Donald Hilton.

Law enforcement got the wheels of appreciation turning for the 14th year with a lunch to celebrate the special week. “We want them to enjoy their job, keep them safe, get them home. get their goodies where it needs to go. Safety on the roads is our number one concern; that's why we have our the commercial facilities in the state of California,” says officer Ann Morin.

Veteran of the roads Jay Calpenter tells us what keeps him driving after 29 years.

“I just love it. It's a lifestyle that I enjoy, I like the freedom of it, traveling millions of miles every year. That's what it’s all about, taking care of our country,” he says.

The long hours can get lonely, but for him, that is no longer a problem, thanks to his four-legged friend, AKA the barbarian.

“I love it. I have been all over the 48, over 3 million miles, all accident-free, by the way,” says Calpenter.