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YOU Did It! Jason’s Law is Going to GATS

Jul
26,
2009
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Safe Truck Parking - Jason's LawBecause of YOUR support and dedication to the cause, Jason’s Law will be attending the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas.   Your donation(s) have insured that Hope Rivenburg and family members will have the opportunity to keep this important issue out in the open, and to continue forward in achieving the final goal:  to pass H.R. 2156 into law.

We can never take anything for granted, especially those decisions which ultimately come from within the Washington beltway.  We must continue to push forward and let our voices be heard through various means:  blog posts, emails, letters, phone calls . . . even if we believe that Jason’s Law will pass with flying colors, we can never assume that it is a “done deal.”  We need to continue on by never allowing our support to grow quiet just because we think “that it’s going to pass anyway.”

With Jason’s Law now headed to GATS, this is only one aspect of the two part goal.   Now, let’s keep working to insure . . . to be certain . . . that Jason’s Law will, in fact, become law.  Safe and secure parking areas for our nation’s truck drivers will certainly add to the equation of preventing such tragedies from happening to another driver and family.  Even if it is just one driver, that would be one life saved, one family spared.

Thanks to all of you who donated to the Jason’s Law GATS cause.  As trucking companies and organizations chose not to donate, truck drivers and non-truckers alike, came together and showed that even a “small group” of people can make a difference.  We are ecstatic about the large anonymous donations that came in the weekend of the 25th.  Your generous donations are now over $2,800.00, plus the GATS booth which is valued at $1200, donated by gotruckstop.com.   The Rivenburgs are going to Dallas!

Be it one dollar or five hundred dollars, your donation is the reason that H.R. 2156 will have a place at the Great American Trucking Show.  There is no purpose in showing “who” donated, because they did not do it for recognition . . . they did not allow ego’s to stand in the way for supporting a worthy cause.  It was done for the simple fact alone, that Jason’s Law is an important and vital bill that needs to be passed to insure safe and secure parking for the millions of professional truck drivers who keep America moving every day.

H.R. 2156 will be at GATS, thanks to all of you.  YOU did it.

Let’s keep pushing forward . . . keep working to bring H.R. 2156 into law.  Do not “assume” that the goal has been accomplished.  It reminds me of a saying that an instructor always told me:

“Never claim victory, until the battle has been won.”

Because of YOU, Jason’s Law will seek further support at GATS . . . keep sounding your voices . . . keep signing the petition.

Thanks to all for your help in this cause,

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

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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7 Responses to YOU Did It! Jason’s Law is Going to GATS. - Post a Comment

  1. Kathleen Wells

    Wonderful achievement! WTG Allen, Desiree, TJ everyone involved. As I told TJ; What makes this Country great are people like you who do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

    Hope’s tragic loss could have been any one of you truckers, any one of us trucker’s wives. May God bless you Hope and meet all your needs. May He heal your broken heart and give you more strength and power to tell Jason’s story. Your love and dedication to his memory will change the world. Thank you, you have a friend in California.

    Love,

    Kathleen

    PS for all you naysayers, if you not going to help, get the hell out of the way.

  2. Jason's Law

    We would like to thank all those who have donated 4 Jason’s Law to go to GATS, there are still many truck drivers and individuals unfamiliar with Jason’s Law and what it would and wouldn’t do, so this should help let drivers know so they can contact their representatives. Unfortunately we had a few people who donated and then decided they didn’t think we should go to GATS that DC would be better, but congress is on break during August so that would be fruitless unless we went to all 50 states to see them in their home districts so for now DC is not an option until Congressman Paul Tonko advises us to, there fore I requested their donations be refunded so there wouldn’t be the negativity. We are trying to help the trucking industry, not ourselves and all of us united together can and will make a difference. Thank you for your support and continued support as long as we all support the legislation the back and forth bickering should not be taking place, we all have the same goal, making Jason’s Law a reality. A Really Big THANK YOU to Allen and Donna, Daniel, Desiree, TJ, and the anonymous donors, you guys truly have big hearts.

  3. Allen Smith

    Thanks Kathleen: A lot of good people were involved in this effort and since the Rivenburg family is now able to go to GATS, the donation drive was a success. There is some talk about getting this to DC would be more important than GATS, but I do not see this as being a problem. They will go to DC as well … Congressman Tonko, I know, will see to this. The struggle they were having was making it to GATS and getting the issue of Jason’s Law more out into the public eye. The Rivenburgs’ never asked for anything except to support H.R. 2156 – The donation drive was a GREAT idea and because of those who participated, was successful.

  4. Allen Smith

    You’re welcome, Jason’s Law: We were very happy to play a small role in this effort. As I stated in the previous post, getting Jason’s Law to DC was not the issue at hand … you will make it to Washington. Taking it to a large truck show was the issue right now, and thankfully, that goal has been achieved. Too many believe that EVERY truck driver and organization, association, etc., knows about Jason’s Law. As you well know, this could not be further from the truth. You could sit down at a truck stop and ask 10 drivers about Jason’s Law, and I would bet maybe 2 or 3 would know what it is. The numbers are climbing, but still, actual drivers who understand what H.R. 2156 is all about, may still be in the 20% to 30% range. This is why getting to GATS was so important! A show as large as the Great American Trucking Show is the BEST place to be at this moment in time …. where literally, thousands of drivers and trucking representatives can see and hear about Jason’s Law, who have not yet heard about it. The potential of receiving new sign-ups and supporters for Jason’s Law from GATS will only add to the strength and backing of this bill when you go to Washington.

  5. Desiree

    Thanks everyone for your positive support.

    I think something I’d like to point out is that the Family has been going to talk to people in their community who are all NY Voters but GATS offers a variety of folks from many states who are Voters.

    Also, the petition signatures are still important, media attention is still important and the personal healing that comes from having a focus after having a loss like Hope Rivenburg , her children and family will be cathartic.

    People who donated gave this money for Hope & her family.

    Let the healing begin and lets get ready for GATS!

  6. David

    This is great to see this “Cause” get the word out. It is good to see the effort bring put into this. With two to three million professional drivers in USA, I would think their would be more signatures, but again, hopefully the Dallas show will get the word out.

    David and Elen
    denfilipinohelp.com
    EX Professional Driver

  7. Allen Smith

    Hi David:

    The DAC petition is now over 1,000 signatures and we are working with our efforts to continue this drive for reform. We are working on getting Congressman Paul Tonko on our BTR show for an update on Jason’s Law.

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