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2011 National Call in Day For Jason’s Law Set For June 23rd

Jun
7,
2011
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Jasons Law- The Right to Rest

It’s been over 2 years now since the murder of truck driver Jason Rivenburg. By now, most everyone within the trucking industry is familiar with the story of  New York state resident and OTR truck driver, Jason Rivenburg who was shot and killed as he parked for the evening to rest in an abandoned gas station  in South Carolina.

The senseless murder is not the first of its kind regarding violent actions towards truck drivers as they park to rest.  Professional drivers have been facing a significant shortage of truck parking for many years ( over 20) and it is all too common for drivers to have to park on exit or entrance ramps, highway shoulders or in isolated areas, as Jason did.  Adding to the existing lack of truck parking problem is the recent closing of many state rest areas due to budget deficits.

The combination of the serious lack of safe truck parking, combined with the traumatic loss of her  husband, caused the young widow, Hope Rivenburg, to make a stand for all drivers. She instinctively began addressing in Washington, D. C. the serious truck parking problem that drivers face daily, as they attempt to find a safe haven to take their  needed and federally required rest.  She has not stopped since.

Shortly after the death of her husband Jason, Hope and her family contacted and met with NY Assemblyman Peter Lopez and  NY Congressman Paul Tonko.  On April 28th 2009, Congressman Tonko brought legislation for bill HR 2156 to the house floor.
Jason’s Law, as it was called, was introduced as a 6 year Pilot Program for $20 million per year, for the purpose of providing safe and adequate parking for professional CDL drivers.

For the last two years since her husbands’ death, Hope has been lobbying , making phone calls to Washington, having fund raisers and doing whatever it takes to ensure the passing of Jason’s Law…the hope for drivers to have safe places to rest. Take a look at her journal for just the year 2009 to get an idea of what she has accomplished.

On May 11th 2011, Congressman Tonko held a press conference to announce the reintroducing of Jason’s Law as bill  HR 1803.  Along with Representative Tonko was Hope Rivenburg and supporters from various organizations  within the Industry:  OOIDA, NATSO, AMSA, CVSA and the ATA.

Hope is now preparing to go back to Washington to lobby once again for professional drivers, trying to acquire more co-sponsors for Jason’s Law. She pays for this herself….and she does it for others.

Last week on our Truth About Trucking radio show with guests Hope Rivenburg and Congressman Tonko, Hope announced that the next National call-in day for Jason’s Law will be June 23rd 2011. From 9 am to 5 PM, she is asking everyone to call their representatives.  Congressman Tonko explained on the show how to address your concerns with the staffer when you call. If you missed the show you can listen to the replay.

If you believe that there is a need for more safe truck parking, then we all must do our part. Make the call to your representatives on June 23rd!
Don’t know who they are?  Washington Switchboard:  1-202-224-3121 or 1-800-962-3524

  • Informative  video :  “How to Call Congress”

Ask for the transportation staffer and then explain that you would like them to support Jason’s Law, HR 1803.  Be ready to explain why it is so important to you, which should be easy.

Here is what one trucker is doing to further his support for Jason’s Law:

Dan Fuller of Hotels4Truckers LLC posted the “Call in Day for Jason’s Law” on his ad in The Trucker newspaper.  Thanks, Dan!

Hotels4Truckers LLC

For those who would like to help Hope Rivenburg out with her traveling expenses back and forth to Washington:

1) Donations can be made to:
Jason Rivenburg Memorial Fund
c/o Trustco Bank
1900 Altamont Ave.
Rotterdam, NY 12303

2) Order “When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll” CD with the song Say a Prayer for Jason
David Ayers and Barry Allen are continuing to donate a % of the proceeds to Hope and her family.

"When the Big RIgs Don't Roll"


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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. […] The legislation, H.R. 1803, which would provide $20 million annually over six years for truck parking upgrades on the National Highway System to local governments and private entities, currently has only 14 cosponsors in addition to Rep. Tonko. Boosting that number could be the result of supporter calls June 23, hope those behind the bill. Check out AsktheTrucker.com’s post June 7 on the subject from last week for more about driver … […]

  2. […] The legislation, H.R. 1803, which would provide $20 million annually over six years for truck parking upgrades on the National Highway System to local governments and private entities, currently has only 14 cosponsors in addition to Rep. Tonko. Boosting that number could be the result of supporter calls June 23, hope those behind the bill. Check out AsktheTrucker.com’s post June 7 on the subject from last week for more about driver effo… […]

  3. […] also inspired the nations truckers to take part in “National call in Days” to Washington. Thousands of drivers, friends of drivers, and family members called in on scheduled […]

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