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Fund Raiser for Jason’s Law 1803 – Hope Rivenburg

If everyone would go over and like this page:


Jason’s Law/Hope Rivenburg will receive $2.00 per new fan on their page. This is an excellent way to raise money for something we all believe in. PLEASE encourage others to do this as well. Each time that Hope goes to Washington, DC to lobby for Jason’s Law the trip cost and air plane tickets come out of her pocket. So please share and encourage others to LIKE that page. If everyone would LIKE and share this page daily this could turn out to be very helpful!!!!




Also please follow them on Twitter to earn $1.00 per follower for Jason’s Law:



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Grief in the Trucking Industry

Grief in the Trucking Industry

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of death in the trucking industry. It is very difficult to hear about these tragedies and often even more difficult to know how to respond to a fellow trucker and their family who has lost a loved one. Often, one does not know what to say when someone loses a loved one. Sometimes, we find ourselves rambling or regretting what we utter when we are just trying to find a way to comfort someone who is grieving.

Grief is difficult to describe. Many think of it as a reaction to death, which it often is. However, it is the reaction to loss of anything important in one’s life. It could be the loss of a person, relationship, material item, or even the loss of an ability that one once had (losing the ability to walk, for example).

Common symptoms of grief include:
Loss of appetite, nightmares, being forgetful, anger, social withdrawal, confusion, difficulty making decisions, mood swings, and difficulty sleeping.

Grief is a natural experience that each person experiences differently.

It is OK to:
Think of your loved one frequently
Feel sad
Frequently cry
Have a reminder of your loved one and then feel really sad/upset (known as a griefburst)
Not think about the loved one for an extended period of time. Its ok!

When to get help:
You can no longer go to work or have great difficulty getting out of bed
You have suicidal thoughts
You feel talking with someone could help ease the hurt
You feel members of your family are having problems functioning or your family does not function as a whole. Family therapy can help!

What to do when someone is grieving:
Don’t try to fix it
Let them talk…listen to them
If they don’t want to talk, respect the request
Be supportive and don’t criticize

About Buck Black

I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) in private practice who focuses on anger, stress, and relationships. I do this both in my Lafayette Indiana office and online. I also specialize in working with truckers and their families over the phone and on Skype at

State closes rest stops despite protest

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment



SCHODACK — A crowd of truckers and supporters endured a November chill Monday to protest the closing of rest stops along state highways.

Some even got a state permit to stay overnight at the westbound Interstate 90 rest area just past Exit 12 to protest its closing Monday afternoon.

”I travel all over the country, and I like this kind of stop because they are more relaxing and comfortable,” said truck driver Thomas Haggardof Irving, Texas. ”After 11 hours of driving I’m required by federal law to take a 10-hour break and you just can’t park these things anywhere. I also have my little dog with me, and she needs a break once in a while too.”

The state Department of Transportation recently announced it would close six highway rest areas to save $1 million a year to deal with budget deficits. ”It is extremely important to keep these places open,” said Hope Rivenburg from Fultonham, Schoharie County. Her husband,Jason Rivenburg, 35, was shot and killed on March 5, 2009, while being robbed of $7 after he pulled into an abandoned gas station in St. Matthews, S.C., to rest.

”He got shot because he could not find a place to park,” said Butch Savage of Fultonham, Jason Rivenburg’s father-in-law, who was at the protest with his daughter. ”I have seen what my daughter has gone through. For us this was like a slap in the face from New York state.”

DOT spokesperson Jennifer Post said that officials allowed the rest stop to stay open Monday for the protest but that it would be closing later in the day.

Kendra Adams, executive director of the New York State Motor Truck Association in Albany, said the closings are unfair because truckers pay 32 percent of motorist taxes and fees in the state but drive only 8 percent of the vehicle miles on New York’s roads.

”Safe truck parking has been a long time issue with our association,” Adams said. ”We are seeing a lot of these places closing, and they really should not be for safety reasons.

Rivenburg’s widow is pushing Congress to enact “Jason’s Law,” which would set aside money to keep well-lit rest stops open.

”We want to communicate with everyone, especially the governor-elect after Tuesday, that this is an important safety issue,” U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko said. ”Hope has selflessly worked through her grief and pain. She has really lived up to her name.”

Closing Monday will be the Schodack pull-off, which has ample parking, a vending machine, picnic tables and heated rest rooms and also a similar stop called Brewerton/Hastings on Interstate 81 southbound between Exits 31 and 32 in Oswego County.

The Schodack facility is 34 years old. The rest room facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections, according to the DOT. The nearest rest areas on interstate highways are 30 miles east on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Lee; 32 miles northwest on the Northway northbound in Clifton Park; and 36 miles west at the Pattersonville Travel Plaza on the Thruway.

The nearest commercial truck stop is four miles away off of Exit 12 of I-90.

Four other rest areas, two on the Northway in Essex County and two on I-88 in Otsego County will close Dec. 1.



U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko speaks with truckers

Tired Truckers to Protest New York Rest Area Closure

October 3, 2010 5 comments
The majority of you already know that the state of New York have  a truck parking shortage. Why the New York Department of Transportation plan to close the six rest areas has everyone puzzled. Right now there is $7 million dollars in the Safetea-LU (Hr3, Section 1305) federal funding, which is a truck parking grant that will not have to be paid back since the state is in such poor economic shape. The application to apply for funding can be found here
There is no reason to fully close the facilities, there are too many options. We do not understand why they would want to put everyones lives in jeopardy, after all the murdered truck driver, Jason Rivenburg lived in New York.

Most of you heard Charlie Claburn’s calls into Freewheelin on Wednesday and then Evan Lockridge’s show on Friday discussing the rest area closure and the effects it will have on everyone.

Here are the plans for the protest of the rest area closures:
-The permits for the peaceful protest will be applied for next week (It takes 20 days for the town of Schodack to make their decision to grant or deny the permit to protest.)
-Protest will be held at the Schodack rest area on Interstate 90 westbound between exits 11 and 12

-If the permits are granted everyone is scheduled to meet October  31 at 10:00pm if you cannot make it at that time  you are encouraged to show up when you can to take your break with us, the protest will be continued throughout the following day.

-The media have already been notified and are on stand-by

-State Representatives and Congress are in the process of  being  contacted.

-Press Release will be available on the morning of October 5, 2010.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact me via e-mail
Contact Charlie Claburn at  518-538-1740
Hope Rivenburg at

We realize that not everyone has access to the internet or Sirius radio to watch or listen for updates. So please do not hesitate to call and ask questions about anything that is on your mind. We would like to remind everyone that the protest is going to be peaceful and no entrances or exits will be blocked. More information to be added, so please keep in touch.


Six rest areas will be closing in New York beginning in November, 2010.

Rest areas scheduled to be closed as of Monday, November 1:

  • Brewerton/Hastings on I-81 southbound between exits 31 and 32 in Oswego County, just north of Syracuse, Onondaga County. The facility is 29 years old, having been built in 1981. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. The nearest rest areas are on I-81 southbound 46 miles to the north in Watertown, Jefferson County, and 65 miles to the south at Whitney Point, Broome County. The nearest commercial rest area is 10 miles away in Syracuse. Traveler amenities also are available two miles away in Brewerton, Onondaga County; and
  • Schodack on I-90 westbound between exits 11 and 12 in the town of Schodack, Rensselaer County, just east of Albany, Albany County. The facility is 34 years old, having been built in 1976. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. The nearest rest areas are 30 miles to the east in Lee, Massachusetts, on I-90 westbound; 32 miles to the northwest on I-87 northbound in Clifton Park, Saratoga County; or 36 miles west to the Pattersonville Travel Plaza on I-90 – the New York State Thruway — westbound between Exit 26 (Schenectady West) and Exit 27 (Amsterdam). The nearest commercial truck stop is four miles away off of Exit 12 of I-90. Traveler amenities also are available there and at other locations off that exit.

Rest areas scheduled to be closed as of Wednesday, December 1:

  • Lewis on I-87 (the Adirondack Northway) southbound in Essex County between exits 31 and 32, about 40 miles south of Plattsburgh, Clinton County. The facility is 43 years old, having been built in 1967. The nearest rest areas are the Beekmantown rest area, 40 miles to the north in Clinton County, and the High Peaks rest area, which is 23 miles south in the town of North Hudson, Essex County. The closest commercial truck stop is in Lewis, Essex County, within two miles of the rest area;
  • Schroon Lake northbound on I-87 between exits 27 and 28 near the village of Schroon Lake, Essex County. The adjacent southbound Schroon Lake rest area was previously closed on June 4th after the septic tank failed and remains closed. Both Schroon Lake facilities are 43 years old, having been built in 1967. The nearest rest areas for both southbound and northbound travelers are the High Peaks rest area 17 miles to the north in North Hudson, Essex County, and the Glens Falls rest area, 39 miles to the south in Warren County. The closest commercial truck stop also is in Glens Falls, 42 miles to the south. Traveler amenities also are available seven miles away in Pottersville, Warren County;
  • Worcester on I-88 eastbound between exists 18 and 19 near the city of Oneonta, Otsego County. The facility is 31 years old, having been built in 1979. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. Heading east, the nearest rest areas are on I-90 eastbound 47 miles away and on I-90 westbound 50 miles away. Heading west, the nearest rest area is the Unadilla rest area on I-88 eastbound, about 33 miles away. The closest commercial truck stop is in Oneonta, within 20 miles of the rest area. Traveler amenities also are available four miles away in Worcester, Otsego County; and
  • Wells Bridge on I-88 westbound between exits 11 and 12 in Delaware County, near the city of Oneonta, Otsego County. The facility is 35 years old, having been built in 1975. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. The nearest rest area is the Owego rest area, 70 miles away on Route 17 westbound. East of Wells Bridge is the East Worcester rest area on I-88 westbound, about 36 miles away. The closest commercial truck stop is within five miles of the rest area, off of Exit 12. Traveler amenities also are available five miles away in Unadilla, Otsego County.

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

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

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, 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. has been reporting the updates
and progress of this most vital bill, including live radio appearances of
Congressman Tonko on Truth About Trucking “Live.”

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.”

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:

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

. . . 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. 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



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

August 27, 2010 2 comments

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.







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

Ray Carlisle

Sample Letter to be Sent to Representatives

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

All you have to do is edit this, copy, paste and send. If you need help just message me on Facebook, twitter or anything else I am associated with and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Your Name

Your Address

The Honorable (full name)

__ (Rm.#)  ___(Name of) House Office Building

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515


RE:     Jason’s Law (HR 2156) – To implement a pilot program to establish truck parking facilities

Dear Representative:

I am writing to ask you to support the above proposed legislation. Every day, men and women support their families by driving trucks across our nation to deliver goods to businesses. The federal government has placed regulations on the number of hours that they can drive and mandates the number of hours that they must rest. Until now, very little has been done to provide safe havens for them to get this required rest.

This legislation will also protect anyone who travels as many people stop in rest areas to get a “power nap.” They, too, are vulnerable to violence due to inadequate security.

It is imperative that this legislation be passed in order to prevent more assaults against and deaths of our truck drivers who are the backbone of our country. Without them, we would not have food, clothing, entertainment, or any of the other things we enjoy in life. Without them businesses would not be able to continue. Their trucks are their work places. Please support making their work place as safe as we expect our work place to be. Vote yes on this legislation.


Your Name