AMTA to host annual driver appreciation BBQ Sept. 12

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BALZAC, Alta. — The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will be serving up hamburgers, smokies and hot dogs during its annual Driver Appreciation BBQ at the Balzac scales Sept. 12.

The barbecue is part of National Trucking Week. Safeway is pitching in as a sponsor and providing the food. This year’s event will feature the Stampede Stage; the thermal imaging enforcement van, the AMTA’s No-Zone trailer, the Seatbelt Convincer and enforcement officers from various agencies, including the RCMP, Calgary Police Truck Unit and provincial commercial vehicle inspectors.

AMTA president Greg Sokil will also be on-hand to chat with drivers and discuss industry-related issues.

“Too often, today’s professional truck drivers are overlooked and taken for granted,” the AMTA said in a notice on its Web site. “We at the AMTA, want to do our part to bring back the respect that these individuals deserve, and our annual BBQ, with everyone’s positive participation, is one way to accomplish this.”

The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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