New US doc focuses on highways and truckers

An audience of 100 policymakers viewed a new documentary film recently about America’s deteriorating interstate highways and the truckers who must travel them. The film Be Prepared to Stop was sponsored by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) at an invitation-only event. Blumenauer said, “This documentary provides a needed call to action that Congress should heed, as it has failed to provide sustainable funding to rebuild and renew America.”

The film features interviews with transportation stakeholders intertwined with the personal family story of Steve Williams, a third generation trucker from Little Rock, AR.

Williams is chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, among the largest 100 freight carriers in the US. He wants Congress to do two things: repair US interstate highways and reduce the safety risks associated with sharing the roadways with large tractor-trailers. “My company has spent tens of millions of dollars on safety technology over the years to help ensure that our drivers make it home to their families while delivering the ‘quality of life’ to which Americans have grown accustomed,” Williams said. “Unfortunately our industry and our infrastructure have been taken for granted. It’s already too late for too many. It is time for real action.”

Following the screening, Williams was joined by Federal Highway Administrator Gregory G. Nadeau; Brian Burton, General Counsel and Secretary for Daimler Trucks North America and Jackie Gillan, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety to discuss the condition of the Interstate Highway System, future technologies, safety issues, and how to engage the public in this vital discussion.

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