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Letter from Ray Carlisle about Jason’s Law to the state reps

Used with permission of Ray Carlisle (Singer/Song Writer/Retired Truck Driver)

I was an over the road driver for 33 years and I had a 9mm stuck under my chin in Ontario in 1988 and was robbed, I was stabbed in Chicago in 1991 when they tried to steal my truck, and the I was robbed by gun point at a motel parking lot in OKC in 1998. Then there were a couple more incedents that I seen it coming and got out of there before it all happened. I have been real lucky through the years. Things are now even getting worse out there on the road and Jason was shot and killed for $7.00. The price you pay for a sandwich at noon when you go to your local coffee shop. This young man lost his life for the price of a sandwich just because he had to stop in an unsafe are for a short amount of time. All because some young punk needed some drug money probably.
Which this drug problem could all be stopped but that is another story. Just turn that problem over to Sheriff Joe down there in Phoenix and get our Armed Forces to back him and it would drop by 80% in no time.
Finding a place for a driver to park has been a problem for years. When a driver gets tired and needs to take a short nap or needs to park for the night is getting harder and harder to find and more Dangerous.
The truck stops and the rest areas are always full by 7:00 or 8:00 at night and then the drivers have to drive around and find a place where they are usually illegally parked or they have to park their trucks in some area where it is dark and totally unsafe.
A lot of these shippers and receivers wont let the drivers park on their lots until they are suppost to be there and then when they get there on time they might have to wait all day to get loaded or unloaded because the load is not ready or they don’t have room on their docks to unload the truck. They just use the trucks for their convience. So when drivers cant find anywhere to park they try to park any where they can on an On Ramp or Off Ramp which is already unsafe and now they are getting fined and woke up and told to leave. Where are they suppose to go? Now you got a driver driving down the road half asleep just because he’s not allowed to park anywhere.
There are drivers getting robbed and killed every day just like Jason all because no one wants these trucks parked around their area so you have to find some Unsafe Place out away from the public eye where they are sitting ducks to be assaulted. There is plenty of land for more Rest Areas and plenty of money to build them with all the tax money that comes in from the trucks. Its time for people to start to realize how important these trucks are.
YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING IF YOU DON’T TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM. No food, no gas, no cloths, etc etc etc and what ever else you use each and every day when you go to work. All the money you make wont do you any good if there is nothing there for you to buy or spend it on and if things keep going like they are drivers are going to stop driving these trucks because it is just too Damn Dangerous and then the fact that they don’t make any real money anymore to speak of and thats because all the Brokers out there stealing all the profit. There needs to be a cap on that also.
It will be a lot easier and safer for a driver to just go back to the house and start drawing unemployment or getting on State or Federal help to survive at home with their families where at least they can be Safe. You don’t have to get all the drivers to come together to try to have a strike to get something done either. All’s they would have to do is stop the tankers from going in these Key Stops at the refinery’s to load the fuel they take to the truck stops. If you SHUT DOWN THE FUEL once all the fuel is sold at the truck stops ( which wouldn’t even take a day ) then with no more fuel being delivered all the trucks would have to shut down.
Our President spends Billions and Billions of dollars helping out all these other countries that give us back nothing and the trucks bring in their own money from all the taxes they have to pay and where does it go? You people need to start spending the money that the trucks are taxed with on the trucks. There needs to be new laws for the trucks and stop making all these laws against the trucks and the drivers. There needs to be Safe Areas for our drivers just like Jason to park to get the proper rest they need to deliver the loads that keep our country going day to day.

THE “HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA” IS NOT SOME STUPID PICK UP TRUCK.

OUR DRIVERS ARE “THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA” AND ALWAYS WILL BE.

THIS COUNTRY FUNCTIONS JUST LIKE THE HUMAN BODY. THE INTERSTATES ARE THE MAIN ARTERIES AND THE HIGHWAYS ARE THE MANY DIFFERENT VEINS AND AVENUES.

TRUCKS CONTINUE TO MOVE OUR NEEDS WHICH IS THE BLOOD FLOWING AND IN RETURN THIS KEEPS THE BEAT GOING.

ITS TIME TO USE THE MONEY MADE OFF THE TRUCKS TO SECURE THE SYSTEM FOR OUR DRIVERS AND IF IT DON’T HAPPEN SOON EVERYONE IS GOING TO FEEL THE EFFECT BECAUSE THE DRIVERS ARE GETTING FED UP.

I SUPPORT JASONS LAW 100% AND YOU DONT HAVE A CLUE WHAT HIS FAMILY IS GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES ALL BECAUSE THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS WONT ENEN TAKE THE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO KEEP THIS COUNTRY GOING JUST SO YOU CAN LIVE COMFORTABLY AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND FAMILY.

Thank You for your time and we are all Praying you can do something to help our drivers and their families out.

Ray Carlisle
918-435-4174

http://www.RayCarlisle.com

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  1. janet bimbo
    August 28, 2010 at 4:05 am

    that is such a neat song and video

  2. julie windland
    September 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I LOVE THIS LETTER AND THE VIDEO. I AM A VERY PROUD TRUCKERS WIFE. I SUPPORT THIS 100%..

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