March 5, 2009 is the 2 year observance of the murder of Jason Rivenburg, a truck driver from Fultonham, NY who parked in an abandoned gas station in South Carolina, waiting to make his early morning next day delivery.
Jason was one of many drivers who over the years has found it difficult to find available safe truck parking, and chose the isolated gas station as his safe haven for his evening of rest. The lack of safe truck parking has been an issue for truckers for over 15 years, and yet little is done to remedy the problem.
Little did Jason know that this would be his last night as 3 thugs targeted him for a robbery, a robbery worthy of his life and the great sum of $7.00.
A few weeks after Jason’s murder, his wife Hope Rivenburg gave birth to a set of twins. They already had a 2 year old son Joshua.
You would think that this kind of trauma would have put this quiet and non confrontational young mother in a state of dismay, but instead, the young widow with a toddler and 2 infants, discovered her true character and personality; courage, commitment, sacrifice and leadership.
Within days of her husbands’ murder, Hope Rivenburg was meeting with NY Congressman Paul Tonko to discuss what could be done to diminish the possibility of any other family having to go through what she and her family had just endured.
On April 28th 2009, Jasons Law was submitted to the House of Representatives as HR 2156. Simply stated Jason’s Law is to implement a pilot program to establish truck parking facilities.
Lack of truck parking causes the following:
1) Forces drivers to continue to drive while in a fatigued state searching for parking
2) Forces drivers to drive in excess of HOS ( Hours of Service) breaking Federal Law
3) Forces drivers to park in isolated and dangerous areas (as was the case of Jason Rivenburg who was shot and killed)
4) Forces drivers to park on exit and entrance ramps and on shoulders of highway, also dangerous for other motorists.
5) Due to new CSA 2010 laws, drivers found to be driving in a fatigued state will be given a violation and the maximum number of points against them 10 points!
Over the past 2 years Hope Rivenburg has continued to gather support and recognition for more safe truck parking and the bill HR 2156, “Jason’s Law”. She has been to Washington lobbying, “knocking on doors” in order to gain co-sponsors for the bill, she has initiated various drives in her home state of New York, she has appeared on talk shows with Congressman Tonko, including 2 episodes of TruthAboutTrucking, “Live” , she has orchestrated National Call ins, hands out numerous flyers, has attended the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Tx, and continually shares the message of the need for more truck parking.
Congressman Paul Tonko will be reintroducing the bill to the house and will be working with Republicans, including the new majority chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, John Mica of Florida. Congressman Tonko will be our guest on Truth About Trucking “Live” next month as we review with him the progress and optimism of Jason’s Law. Hope Rivenburg will also be invited to participate along with another special guest to be announced.
Recently Congress just passed a seven month extension of the Federal Highway Program, the seventh such short term extension since it expired in September of 2009.
Today we give honor to Jason Rivenburg who lost his life because of the lack of truck parking and to his wife Hope who continues to keep his memory alive by continuing to fight for Jason’s Law and for the many other truckers who struggle and sacrifice daily. Hope is determined not to allow Jason’s death to be in vain. She is the very example of selfless advocacy.
- The Crusade for Jason’s Law and Safe Truck Parking Continues (1)
- Truckers Unite for 2nd National Call in Day for Jason’s Law (0)
- Politicians Getting more Pressure to Support Jason’s Law (2)
- Jason’s Law Stalled in Transportaion and Infrastructure Committee (7)
- Family of Jason Rivenburg Advises on Support of Bill (0)