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Event in Virginia Beach spreads holiday cheer to truck drivers

Drive Safe Hampton Roads celebrated 25 years of driver appreciation with a special gift for drivers instead of an inspection.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — On the eastbound side of Interstate 264, right before the Rosemont Road exit, 180 truck drivers were pulled over by law enforcement.

Instead of receiving an inspection though, they got information on safe driving, plus some gifts as part of the 25th annual “Driver Appreciation Day.”

The non-profit, Drive Safe Hampton Roads, the DMV, Virginia Department of Transportation, AAA and several police departments came together to pass out Chick-Fil-A, donuts and drinks to the drivers.

The gifts the drivers received with gratitude and smiles.

It’s one of the busiest times of the year according to AAA Tidewater’s manager of Public Affairs and Traffic Safety, Kate Wilson. They wanted to take the time to appreciate the hard working truckers.

Officer Forest Godwin, with Suffolk Police Department, started the annual driver appreciation day gifts. He greets all of the trucks as they pull up to their stop.

“Yes, somebody else is thinking about the truck drivers in a positive way instead of a negative way," said Godwin. "These guys are dealing with a lot of different things and it's difficult. They've got to give one hundred and ten percent.”

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