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01/15/2019

What if long-haul truckers stopped working?

If that ever happened, most of the basic functions of society wouldn't be effective, according to Business Insider

Trucking moves 71 percent of the freight in the United States. And if it were to suddenly cease, the effects would be more drastic than you might expect.

According to Business Insider, truck drivers in Brazil went on strike for a week last May, and it "paralyzed" the country in unexpected ways. Gas stations ran out of fuel, for instance, and public transit halted.

"Without trucking, we would be naked, starving, and homeless," Mike Robbins, a longtime trucker and leader of trucker strike group Black Smoke Matters, told Business Insider.

A study by the American Trucking Associations outlined what would happen if truckers were to stop working. The effects would hit hospitals, gas stations, ATMs, grocery stores, and even your garbage can.

According to Business Insider, just within the first day, basic medical supplies such as syringes and catheters would be at risk of running out. Medication for cancer patients that use radiopharmacuticals, which only have a lifespan of a few hours, would expire.

To read the Business Insider article, click here.