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Jason’s Law Stalled in Transportaion and Infrastructure Committee


by Allen Smith ( AskTheTrucker)

Hope Rivenburg and Congressman Paul Tonko

Hope Rivenburg and Congressman Paul Tonko in Washington DC

Hope Rivenburg notified us a few days ago that the official day designated to call your Senators and Congress Representatives for the support of more  Safe Truck Parking would be set for June 28th, 2010.

We immediately wrote the post to designate,  Jasons Law- Day of Recognition and Call to Action- June 28th 2010.

We’ve  discovered that the bill, Jason’s Law, has been stalled in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where James Oberstar of Minnesota resides as the Chair and John Mica of Florida is the ranking Republican.   There is absolutely no apparent reason that this bill should not pass, especially since 2010 is “the year of safety”, which has been displayed by the enforcement of CSA 2010, an all out campaign by the FMCSA to improve highway safety by implementing stricter rules and regulation on both drivers and carriers.  Presently, there are over 40 co-sponsors  for the bill.

It only stands to reason, that Jason’s Law would go hand in hand with all the new safety mandates since it would be a major positive step to improve the safety of the general public and professional truck driver.  Jason’s Law, H.R.2156, would implement more safe truck parking which would serve two- fold:

  1. Create more parking for tired drivers to stop and rest, thus eliminating the danger to both themselves and the general public for the need to keep driving until they can find available parking.
  2. Would reduce the need for drivers to seek and use  secluded parking spots for them to park and rest. These secluded parking spots are open invitations for criminal acts of violence, which was proven by the senseless murder of Jason Rivenburg, of whom this bill is named.

On June 28th we ask you to call your:

Here is what you can say when you call:

  • First ask for the staffer in charge of transportation.
  • Then ask them to please ask their boss to co-sponsor H.R. 2156 known as Jason’s Law.
  • Explain that you live in their state and are very concerned about the risk of highway safety caused by the inadequate number of available parking facilities for professional truck drivers.
  • Also, explain that the drivers of these massive trucks are forced to drive tired until they can find accessible parking, causing a major safety risk to themselves and the general public.  You can then go on to explain that the bill was named after a truck driver who could not find safe parking, and parked in an abandoned gas station where he was shot and killed for a measly $7.00

James Oberstar, the chair of the transportation and infrastructure committee, has a FaceBook Page. We also ask that you please state your plea on his page today.  Only when we let this committee know that we are dissatisfied with the stalling of this bill, both through social media postings and flooding the phone lines on June 28th, will we be able to ensure that this bill will be passed.

© 2010, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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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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  2. Tom

    I’m so sick of being treated like a 3rd class citizen! It’s a fact the freight is more important than the driver! We should shut this country down till the people march on DC out with the pitch forks and torches in hand and I’ll betcha somebody in DC get the hint!
    To hell with this I’m buying me a gun! Right now I pack two high-powered BB Guns and sure it would stop the average criminal if I don’t hit em in the eyeball like I plan on doing but many of em smoke PCP and or crack and I know that won’t stop em if I just hit em in one eyeball.
    And as far as rest areas these guys are bold enough to run up on us in the Truck Stops everyday! Just stop in at the Dallas Travel Centers and you’ll see em begging and or wanting to polish wheels and tanks! And if they don’t get what they want many get a nasty attitude real quick!
    I call headquarters and little to no action is taken and the one cop they have do is hanging out (INSIDE) the T/A watching the cash-registers for the most part!

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  4. […] media participants, and radio shows, than the desire to see the much needed bill, Jason’s Law (H.R. 2156  and S971) passed into law. The  Jason’s Law bill will allocate 120 million dollars over a 6 year period […]

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  6. Kari

    Key point inside. One stop hires them to only watch inside and I quote “doesnt care what happens on the lot, he is paid off duty wages to watch inside”. At least at TA in Amarillo they stay out with CB’s. Watched one arrest a driver who challenged the guy who told him to knock the bs off. Driver challenged him, cop said you dont want to do that indicating he was a cop. Driver didn’t believe him and told him where he was parked, they would handle it like real men. Cop showed up, and guess who stayed at the Cross Bar? Explain the extended 34 to the boss. LOL

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