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Engagement on parking safety, availability in the wake of driver’s murder

| July 17, 2014

Catch last night’s discussion on Allen Smith’s Truth About Trucking Live online radio show in the archived podcast below. Smith was joined by, among others, Ashley Boeglin, widow of Michael Boeglin, the owner-operator who lost his life last month in Detroit while parked staged to deliver a load. Ashley’s working from a home base in Southern Indiana to spur on anyone with information as to the identities of her husband’s assailants to come forward, in order that the investigation continue.

David Clark

David Clark

Meanhile, also on the call was Ashley’s father, David Clark, also of Indiana, who has engaged with the driver community on the issue of parking safety and availability as a former trucker himself — he remembers well the parking issue from his time trucking in the 1970s, as he noted on the program. 

Other guests included Hope Rivenburg, widow of Jason Rivenburg, the driver who passed in somewhat similar parking circumstances as Boeglin when he was robbed while parked at an abandoned facility in South Carolina in lieu of better options. The “Jason’s Law” language in the 2012 MAP-21 highway bill came in no small part due to Hope’s efforts, and just what drivers can do to spur along states’ taking advantage of funding for truck parking safety and availability was part of the discussion.

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Jason’s Law and the money it makes available for creating further parking alternatives for trucks at the state level competes with maintenance and upkeep of roads and bridges, Hope noted. And though Jason’s Law exists, state Departments of Transportation default to upkeep and expansion as priority issues. Making the parking safety issue a priority at state DOTs, she noted, should now be the primary concern. Find a full listing of state DOTs’ website via the Federal Highway Administration at this link.

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In my mind, your state’s trucking association could be a good point of contact as well to raise the profile of the parking issue. Find a list of association contacts, also included in Overdrive‘s annually updated Partners in Business Manual, below the embedded podcast. 

Desiree Wood of Real Women in Trucking was a guest on the call as well — and shared information from the driver truck parking survey she helped Hope spearhead leading into Jason’s Law’s inclusion in the 2012 highway bill. At the bottom of this linked post, Wood has shared links to reports from that survey. 

You can hear last night’s full discussion below or via BlogTalkRadio.com/TruthAboutTrucking

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State trucking associations: 
Alabama Trucking Association
(877) 277-8785
www.alabamatrucking.org

Alaska Trucking Association
(907) 276-1149
www.aktrucks.org 

Arizona Trucking Association
(602) 252-7559
www.arizonatrucking.com 

Arkansas Trucking Association
(501) 372-3462
www.arkansastrucking.com 

California Trucking Association
(916) 373-3500
www.caltrux.org 

Colorado Motor Carriers Association
(303) 433-3375
www.cmca.com 

Motor Transport Association of Connecticut
(860) 520-4455
www.mtac.us 

Delaware Motor Transport Association
(302) 672-7763
www.dmta1.com 

Florida Trucking Association
(850) 222-9900
www.fltrucking.org 

Georgia Motor Trucking Association
(770) 444-9771
www.gmta.org 

Hawaii Transportation Association
(808) 833-6628
www.htahawaii.org 

Idaho Trucking Association
(208) 342-3521
www.idtrucking.org 

Illinois Trucking Association
(630) 654-0884
www.iltrucking.org 

Indiana Motor Truck Association
(317) 630-4682
www.imtaonline.net 

Iowa Motor Truck Association
(515) 244-5193
www.iowamotortruck.com 

Kansas Motor Carriers Association
(785) 267-1641
www.kmca.org 

Kentucky Motor Transport Association
(502) 227-0848
www.kmta.net 

Louisiana Motor Transport Association
(225) 928-5682
www.louisianatrucking.com 

Maine Motor Transport Association
(207) 623-4128
www.mmta.com 

Maryland Motor Truck Association
(410) 644-4600
www.mmtanet.com 

Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association
(617) 695-3512
www.mass-trucking.org 

Michigan Trucking Association
(517) 321-1951
www.mitrucking.org 

Minnesota Trucking Association
(651) 646-7351
www.mntruck.org

Mississippi Trucking Association
(601) 354-0616
www.mstrucking.org 

Missouri Motor Carriers Association
(573) 634-3388
www.motrucking.org 

Montana Motor Carriers Association
(406) 442-6600
www.mttrucking.org 

Nebraska Trucking Association
(402) 476-8504
www.nebtrucking.com 

Nevada Motor Transport Association
(775) 673-6111
www.nmta.com 

New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
(603) 224-7337
www.nhmta.org 

New Jersey Motor Truck Association
(732) 254-5000
www.njmta.org 

New Mexico Trucking Association
(505) 884-5575
www.nmtrucking.org 

New York State Motor Truck Association
(518) 458-9696
www.nytrucks.org 

North Carolina Trucking Association
(919) 834-0387
www.nctrucking.com 

North Dakota Motor Carriers Association
(701) 223-2700
www.ndmca.org 

Ohio Trucking Association
(614) 221-5375
www.ohiotruckingassn.org

Oklahoma Trucking Association
(405) 843-9488
www.oktrucking.org 

Oregon Trucking Associations
(503) 513-0005 or (888) 293-0005
www.ortrucking.org 

Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
(717) 761-7122
www.pmta.org 

Rhode Island Trucking Association
(401) 729-5210
www.ritrucking.org 

South Carolina Trucking Association
(803) 799-4306
www.sctrucking.org 

South Dakota Trucking Association
(605) 334-8871
www.southdakotatrucking.com 

Tennessee Trucking Association
(615) 777-2882
www.tntrucking.org 

Texas Motor Transportation Association
(800) 727-7135 or (800) 478-2541
www.tmta.com 

Utah Trucking Association
(801) 973-9370
www.utahtrucking.com 

Vermont Truck & Bus Association
(802) 479-1778 

Virginia Trucking Association
(804) 355-5371
www.vatrucking.org 

Washington Trucking Association
(800) 732-9019 or (253) 838-1650
www.wtatrucking.com

West Virginia Motor Truck Association
(304) 345-2800
www.wvmotortruck.org

Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
(608) 833-8200
www.witruck.org

Wyoming Trucking Association
(307) 234-1579
www.wytruck.org

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