‘Jason’s Law’ House bill adds another co-sponsor

| 10/19/2009

For months now, truckers have been diligently contacting their lawmakers to support HR2156 and S971, known as “Jason’s Law” bills, for more safe parking options for truckers when they stop to rest.

Recently, another co-sponsor, U.S. Rep. William Shuster, R-PA, signed on to HR2156 . Rep. Paul Tonko, D-NY, introduced the bill in late April after meeting with slain trucker Jason Rivenburg’s widow, Hope, and their three small children.

Tonko’s bill now has a total of 25 co-sponsors.

Rivenburg of Fultonham, NY, was fatally shot twice in the head on March 5 after he parked in an unlit lot of an abandoned gas station in St. Matthews, SC. He was killed for the $7 he had on him while waiting for his appointment time at the nearby Food Lion distribution center the following morning.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, introduced his “Jason’s Law” bill, S971, in May. His bill has one co-sponsor, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. Gillibrand also met with Hope Rivenburg in August.

Melissa Theriault Rohan, associate director of government affairs in OOIDA’s Washington, DC, office, is urging OOIDA members who haven’t contacted their lawmakers yet about the importance of these Jason’s Law bills to do so – and soon. Click here and enter your ZIP code to find your lawmakers.

“It’s imperative for our members to advocate for more truck parking in their home states,” Rohan said.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer