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Fund Raiser for Jason’s Law 1803 – Hope Rivenburg

If everyone would go over and like this page:

http://www.facebook.com/XataNation

 

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!!!!

 

Thanks!

 

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

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Please remember this fellow driver and sign guest book

February 18, 2011 11 comments

Truman Smith murdered in East St. Louis

East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) – Illinois State Police released the name of an Irondale man who was robbed and murdered while making a delivery in East St. Louis.

Police said Truman L. Smith, 40, was outside of his vehicle in front of Fresh Warehousing, in the 2600 block of McCasland, when a man approached him, robbed him and then shot him around 5:55 a.m.

Smith was taken to a St. Louis area hospital where he died.

Smith, a Marine veteran, leaves behind three children.

Irondale is about 70 miles south of St. Louis.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

 

http://www.ksdk.com/news/crime/article/244489/147/Delivery-man-murdered-in-East-St-Louis-identified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Truck driver robbed at gunpoint near Flagstaff

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Posted: 01/25/2011

  • By: Tara Twietmeyer

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for leads after a man reported being robbed at gunpoint by two suspects on Friday.

Detectives received a call about a 42-year-old motorist from Phoenix claiming he’d been robbed near milepost 208 on Interstate Highway 40, just east of Flagstaff.

Detectives say the victim reported pulling over to take a quick nap on the highway after becoming fatigued while driving.

Around 5 pm, the victim woke up to the sound of knocking on the driver’s side door of his semi tractor, according to detectives.

The victim opened the door and reportedly found two Hispanic males standing in front of him with handguns.

According to the victim, the suspects demanded a “significant amount of cash and a GPS unit” which was mounted on the dashboard of the semi tractor.

The victim told detectives he could not describe the suspects, other than being male, Hispanic, and Spanish speakers. The victim was not hurt. There is no other information at this time.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/flagstaff/truck-driver-robbed-at-gunpoint-near-flagstaff

Federal truck safety inspector accused of taking bribes from company officials

January 24, 2011 1 comment

These are the same guys that pull us over and do inspections in weigh stations? They are responsible for our futures, careers and reputations. Really makes you wonder just how many tickets written each year that go on records are actually legit. I wonder what trucking companies this man helped out?

They closed rest areas in December to save money but still use them as DOT inspection sites, I wonder if this man was involved in the decision making?

 

Updated: January 21, 2011, 8:26 AM

A truck safety supervisor for the U. S. Department of Transportation was arrested by federal agents Thursday on charges that he took thousands of dollars in bribes from trucking company officials.

 

 

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/buffalo/article319054.ece

James H. Wood, 44, of Delevan, was charged with felony counts of bribe-taking and conspiracy.

The U. S. Attorney’s Office identified him as a Buffalo supervisor with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is part of the DOT. He was investigated by agents from the DOT Inspector General’s Office and the Buffalo FBI Office.

Wood accepted bribes from safety consultants for Canadian commercial trucking companies, who paid him to provide “inside . . . information” that enabled some trucking companies to avoid or delay inspections of their vehicles, prosecutor Trini E. Ross said in court papers.

At times, Wood accepted cash to initiate “complaint audits” that could put a company out of business, and at times he helped trucking firms get “friendly audits” that allowed them to keep potentially unsafe vehicles on the road, authorities charged.

“[A cooperating witness] estimated paying Wood approximately $60,000 to $70,000 over approximately the past two years for information and assistance,” FBI Special Agent Allan Rains said in the complaint.

At one point earlier this month, according to court papers, the cooperating witness e-mailed some detailed information to Wood about plans for some more upcoming bribes.

“Call me ASAP!” Wood allegedly responded in an e-mail.

Agents said Wood later told the witness on the phone: “Don’t ever put that kind of stuff in an e-mail to me again. . . . All e-mail is open to anybody who wants to get a hold of it.”

Wood pleaded not guilty Thursday during a brief appearance before U. S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr., who ordered Wood held in jail at least until after a men-tal health examination is conducted.

Ross told the judge that federal agents are concerned because Wood is “despondent” over the arrest and because he owns six firearms.

Speaking in court, Wood said he

expects to be fired from his federal job, which he said pays $80,000 a year. He said he and his family live in a $220,000 home but owe more than $200,000 on the mortgage. He said he only has a few thousand dollars in bank accounts.

Brian P. Comerford, a federal public defender, was assigned to represent Wood.

The agency that Wood works for has more than 1,000 employees nationwide and is charged with making sure that safety checks are conducted on trucks and that driver safety records are checked on a regular basis.

Agents from the DOT Inspector General’s Office received information on Jan. 11 that Wood had been taking bribes for years from companies that his agency was supposed to monitor, according to court papers.

During the investigation, a safety consultant for Canadian trucking companies made tape recordings of Wood for federal agents.

According to court papers, federal agents recorded Wood arranging to “push back” a safety compliance review for one company in exchange for $1,000, court papers alleged.

Another potential $3,000 bribe was discussed in the taped conversations, agents said.

Wood is married, with children and foster children, Ross said in court.

Schroeder tentatively scheduled a detention hearing for Wood on Feb. 1.

dherbeck@buffnews.com

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 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-21323.htm
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 driversalike@yahoo.com
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.

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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 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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