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AskTheTrucker supports September 15th to address Truck Driver Fatigue- Jason’s Law

AskTheTrucker supports September 15th to address Truck Driver Fatigue,
Parking Shortages, and Reduction of Highway Fatalities

On September 15, 2010, Allen and Donna Smith of AskTheTrucker.com, along
with thousands of people nationwide, are going to voice their convictions
to Washington DC, strongly urging elected officials and lawmakers to
support bill HR 2156. The bill, commonly referred to as Jason’s Law, would
ensure the existence and expansion of available truck parking, relieving
truckers from the documented fatal effects of fatigued driving, and
therefore securing safer conditions for highway motorists sharing the
roads with the more than 4 million professional truck drivers.

Dunnellon, FL (PRWEB) September 13, 2010 — On April 28th, 2009
Congressman Paul Tonko of New York presented HR 2156 to the house, seeking
remedy for the nation’s severe truck parking shortage which has directly
affected truck driver safety, trucker fatigue, accident fatality, and
national highway safety. AskTheTrucker.com has been reporting the updates
and progress of this most vital bill, including live radio appearances of
Congressman Tonko on Truth About Trucking “Live.”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking/2010/02/19/congressman-paul-tonko-on-jasons-law

For many years, Government studies have indicated that there is a
significant shortage of available truck parking facilities. Studies have
also indicated, that by not having enough truck parking, drivers are at
greater risk of experiencing what’s commonly called within the trucking
industry as “truck driver fatigue”, which according to the National
Transportation Safety Board “may be a contributing factor in as many as 30
to 40 percent of all heavy truck accidents.” The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration ( FMCSA) has stated that truck driver fatigue has
been the main cause of thirteen percent of all fatal crashes involving a
tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle.

To make matters worse, the current economic recession has forced many
states to close additional rest areas. When drivers cannot find available
parking to rest, many times they continue to drive in this dangerously
fatigued state, reducing their alertness or ability to think clearly,
while they continue to search for available refuge. Other times they are
forced to hazardously park on exit and entrance ramps, or to find solace
in isolated areas, as was the case of Jason Rivenburg, who was shot and
killed as he rested in an abandoned gas station on March 5, 2009.

Truckers, their families and friends are urging people to call their
elected officials on September 15th in order to support HR 2156 and S971,
“Jason’s Law.”

http://www.askthetrucker.com/truckers-unite-for-2nd-national-call-in-day-for-jasons-law/

The law would allocate funds, already existing from collected fuel tax,
towards a Pilot Program which would create and maintain safe truck parking
for professional truck drivers. The plan is designed to spend a modest 20
million dollars a year for 6 years.

As reported this past June in a post on AskTheTrucker:

http://www.askthetrucker.com/lack-of-truck-parking-causing-highway-safety-risk-for-general-public/

Jason’s Law has been dormant in the Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee/ Highways and Transit sub-committee. It is imperative that this
vital bill be passed into law and not allowed to, once again, be placed
within a larger bill where little or nothing is done to either address or
resolve the issue of severe truck parking shortages.

On Wednesday, September 15th, please call your US representatives and
Senators:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

. . . and ask to speak with the transportation staffer. Explain that you
are concerned with the direct correlation between truck driver fatigue as
it relates to the severe truck parking shortage and our national highway
safety, specifically, truck related fatalities.

Particular attention will be to Senator Charles Schumer, who first
presented S971 to the Senate. His phone number is: (202) 224-6542

On September 6th 2010, President Obama called for a 50 billion dollar
infrastructure plan to rebuild the roads, railways, and airport runways of
this country. Should this bill be passed, we hope that additional funds
would be allocated towards the prevention of highway fatalities by
assuring that there be an adequate number of truck parking facilities for
professional drivers to obtain their mandated and legally required rest.

AskTheTrucker.com is one of many websites within Truth About Trucking, LLC
and is dedicated to the betterment of the professional truck driver and
strives to “Raise the Standards of the Trucking Industry”

Allen & Donna Smith

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