To kick off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey honored the state’s most accomplished professional truck driver, Rosko Craig of Silas, Alabama, during a brief ceremony at the foot of the state Capitol steps Monday afternoon.
Truck Driver Appreciation Week is from Sept. 13 to 19.
Craig, 50 — a truck driver for the Birmingham-based Montgomery Transport LLC — was recently named the Alabama Trucking Association’s Driver of the Year, sponsored by Nextran Truck Centers, for his dedication to professionalism and safety and his 3 million career miles driven without an accident.
The governor invited Craig to stop by the Capitol to meet her and her staff and to discuss the trucking industry’s key role in the state’s economy, as well as the crucial role truck drivers filled to keep stores and other facilities well-stocked with essential items and supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Craig pulled his rig up to the steps of the Capitol and even offered onlookers a blast of his truck’s horn. Ivey then presented Craig an official commendation recognizing him as Alabama’s Truck Driver of the Year and to honor the trucking industry’s importance as the state’s premier goods movement network.
“Rosko certainly has a positive attitude and a proven track record over his 20-plus-year trucking career,” Ivey said. “Our hats go off to Rosko and all our truckers who keep Alabama moving!”
Craig told the governor that, for him, the keys to success in trucking are safety, hard work and determination.
“I love trucking because it was a childhood dream of mine,” he said. “I support my family, my wife, my son, my daughter, my grandson — they are my rock and my backbone. I couldn’t do this without them.”
Mark Colson, president of the Alabama Trucking Association, thanked Ivey for recognizing the importance of the trucking industry.
“Sometimes America’s 3.5 million truck drivers are taken for granted But visit any grocery store, business, or medical facility in Alabama, and it becomes obvious that truckers move America,” Colson said. “Most importantly, America’s professional truck drivers are committed to doing their jobs safely, because they too are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and friends and neighbors.
“The next time you speak with a professional truck driver, ask them how many safe miles he or she has, but don’t be surprised if the answer is in the millions.”
Also in attendance was Craig’s boss, Rollins Montgomery, president of Montgomery Transport, who added that Craig represents the best of the trucking industry.
“I wish I had 100 Roskos working for the company,” he said. “We’re so honored to be here today to celebrate and recognize his outstanding achievement. We are so thankful to have him on the Montgomery Transport team.”