Women In Trucking Association Plans Third Annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel

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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is making plans for its third annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel to be held in Louisville, Kentucky on March 24, 2012 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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“I gained a lot more respect for these professional drivers behind the wheel and I want them to know that I will keep an eye out for them whenever I’m out on the interstate,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said.

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is making plans for its third annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel to be held in Louisville, Kentucky on March 24, 2012 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

This year’s event drew 204 professional female drivers to the celebration where National Transportation Safety Board Chairman, Deborah A. P. Hersman, addressed the audience and thanked them for their professionalism and passion for safety. The Chairman experienced a taste of life on the road by traveling to the show with five different drivers who took her from Washington, DC to Louisville. “I gained a lot more respect for these professional drivers behind the wheel and I want them to know that I will keep an eye out for them whenever I’m out on the interstate,” Hersman said.

Over 100 of the women were honored with certificates to redeem for plaques engraved with their names and number of safe driving miles from the association. Sixty-eight women had one million miles, 26 had more than two million, and eleven had driven over three million miles. For the first time, two women were recognized for their four million miles of safe driving, Heather Hogeland, a driver for UPS Freight, and Alice Adams, who drives for Walmart’s Private Fleet.

“Our goal in hosting the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel is to recognize these women for their years of service to this industry,” said Ellen Voie, WIT’s President/CEO. “More importantly, these drivers are role models for those who will follow in their footsteps as more women become aware of the opportunities waiting for them in the trucking industry,” Voie added.

The nearly 500 attendees enjoyed WIT’s signature chocolate fountain and visited with sponsors during the event at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The drivers were recognized for their service and thanked for their contribution to the industry. Next year’s celebration is expected to draw even more female professional drivers from North America. There is no cost to attend or to participate, as all expenses are covered by the event sponsors, such as 2011 Gold Level sponsors; Walmart, Freightliner and Frito-lay NA.

Drivers interested in attending or companies interested in sponsoring this event can visit http://www.salute2women.com for more information.

Women In Trucking Association was established in 2007 to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. For more information visit http://www.womenintrucking.org.

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