Another Trucker Shot. Driver Protection, and Parking is at a Minimum

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This information came across my e-mail recently from James Lamb, of Small Business in Transportation Committee (SBTC), and was reported on by LiveTrucking.com, a trucking blog that reports on happenings within the trucking industry. This article is yet another example of the need for safe truck parking spaces around the country, which was addressed several years ago by Hope Rivenburg after having lost her husband, Jason, under similar circumstances, and also Michael Beoglin, who also lost his life under the same circumstances.

Mr Lloyd Jerry Matson SR., was delivering a load to the Oakland county  Coliseum, in Oakland, California, an area which I am quite familiar with. Mr. Matson had arrived early to deliver his load, and was told that he would have to find a secluded place to park other than where he was delivering.  He, like many other truckers out there today, and in the past, found a secluded place to park, and his efforts were rewarded with someone first rocking his truck to either see if anyone was in it, or if there was an alarm on the truck, the attacker then broke out a window to gain entry. Lloyd woke and got up immediately, only to be shot in the stomach with a 45 caliber handgun. Lloyd survived the attack but now will be having to go through a great deal of recovery and rehabilitation, due to his injuries from the attack.  The attacker ran off.

This recent attack as I stated above emphasizes two very important things.

First;  in far too many places around the continental United States, there are far too few SAFE truck parking spaces, where a driver transporting goods around the country, can find to rest, and take much-needed breaks, or to wait ti load or unload their products.  And too many companies and places that ship and receive these goods are unwilling to allow these drivers to park on their property while waiting to make those transfers to and from their rigs. Even if they have ample space where the driver could park, any number of companies are not allowing drivers to wait on premises to take care of the business they are providing.

Second;  Truck/commercial motor drivers have been facing the problem of being able to provide reasonable security, and self-defense for themselves for a long time.  Many drivers have the mis-conception that the law says that they cannot carry a handgun with them in their vehicles while on the road and doing their job.  There is no such law.  Where this restriction is coming from, is the companies they work for, who have a policy that states that the company does not allow drivers to have such protection in their rigs.  This needs to be fought against, and drivers can take that defense to their companies by filing a formal petition with their companies, by getting fellow drivers to sign a petition to hand to the company, which may, or may not change the companies attitudes about their policies, yet may make them aware of the added risk they place their drivers in.

Also, a proposal that has been offered to congress by the SBTC called “Mike’s Law”  requests that the federal government enact legislation that requires the ATF to create a Federal Concealed carry license for those involved in the commercial transportation industry to be able to carry a concealed weapon, for the protection of the driver, and his or her load, and rig.  This would apply to not just truck drivers, but also bus drivers, taxi drivers, local product delivery drivers, basically anyone involved in the commercial transportation of the goods, products, and people, in any state, and any locality, including some major cities and states that currently do not recognize other states licenses.   The problem currently, with getting this proposal to the floor of congress, is the NRA, which initially stated that they were in favor, then proceeded to get with those they support in congress, to not allow this proposal to make it to the floor.  And the NRA has been “working” with congress to have a National Reciprocity bill pushed forward which could resolve the whole thing. (which, for those who may not realize, the NRA has been working on this bill of theirs,….. for OVER 10 Years!)  My contention with the NRA is this, since they have been supposedly working on their bill, which was brought before congress so long ago, then WHY would they not be willing to support another organization’s efforts to present a bill that could honestly close the gap???   Makes one wonder.  for more about the Mike’s Law proposal, go to the following link :    http://www.truthabouttrucking.com/audio/MikesLaw.mp3

As for Lloyd, his family has started a go-fund-me, to help generate the funds that will be needed to help in his recovery from this latest incident. If you would like to help, go to the following link to offer donations;  https://www.gofundme.com/evh7sfdr
Given that over 500 truck drivers in the last decade, have lost their lives to crooks, with the lack of ability to adequately and legally defend themselves, action on the part of shippers, receivers, individual states, and municipalities needs to be taken to correct the parking problems, as provided by Jason’s law, which was passed in Congress, to provide more safe parking areas for truckers around the country, and pressure needs to be applied to these places, and Congress, to push for Mike’s Law, to help them understand the risks that truckers face every day.  These problems can be resolved, and set in motion, but it will take a concerted effort on all sides, to make these things happen.  Why should it take years upon years, when the right push can achieve so much more, in so much less time???

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Hal Kiah

Hal is a 20+ year OTR Veteran driver and a 12 year military police veteran. He has also served as a dispatcher and has been a trainer for new Over The Road Heavy Haul drivers. Hal has performed “FHWA” inspections (now called DOT Inspections) . He has been instrumental in the last few years, aiding and mentoring other drivers via social media and personal communications as founder of Truck Driving Career, on Facebook and has a passion and goal of seeing that drivers are respected and recognized for their efforts and sacrifices in the trucking industry, recognizing that trucking is a Lifestyle, and not just a job.
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