Jason’s Law: Five years after the passing of its namesake

| March 18, 2014
Jason Rivenburg, for whom the Jason's Law truck-parking legislation, included in the MAP-21 highway bill, is named.
Jason Rivenburg, for whom the Jason’s Law truck-parking legislation, included in the MAP-21 highway bill, is named.

The days leading up to March 5, 2009, were some of the worst in Hope Rivenburg’s life. She experienced firsthand the nightmare every family sending a driver out has in the back of their minds. Jason went missing, and when they found him, he was dead. There’s not a wife, husband or partner who doesn’t think about this when their better half leaves for the highway. It’s dangerous out there, and no one knows it better than Hope.

I spent a couple of hours talking to Hope last week. I wanted to do a follow-up article about the progress of Jason’s Law to mark the 5th anniversary of her husband’s passing. When I started doing research for the article, I noticed there really wasn’t anything current in the news about it.  The last thing I saw was an article here in Overdrive dated December 2013, and it was pretty brief. I reached out to her through the Jason’s Law Facebook page, and she was kind enough to volunteer some of her time to talk to me about the progress of her passion.

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In the following podcast audio, Hope tells us the most important thing is to write our representatives and keep the issue in the forefront. It got buried over and over again when she was pushing to make it law, it’s important we don’t allow it to be ignored.  This website is a great place to start.  Don’t just stick with your home state, write the states you pay road taxes in — it’s your right to safe parking in places you’re helping pay the bills.

Thanks again to Hope — we appreciate everything she and her family has done to turn a tragedy into something positive for other drivers.

  • jojo

    Parking is an issue we face every night. WHERE! The truck stops don’t spend millions in upkeep and property taxes just so you can go to bed!
    They have created this problem with their New HOS rules. ELD’s and Speed Limiters ARE going to make it worse.
    They require us to shut down but have provided nowhere for us to do so. In fact they are closing down Rest Areas.
    Many scales don’t allow us to park. I still see 8hr limits at rest areas.
    Call your representatives, it’s easy. Parking is one of many issues that I address when I call.
    202-224-3121
    And don’t forget to Vote 11/4/14.

  • Loose Cannon

    I tell my non-trucking friends that finding a place to shut down for the night is like flying into a city holding a convention, and I don’t have hotel reservations. ‘First come, first served, and best of luck, baby’!

  • Ai Pba

    Wendy,

    We wanted you and your readers to know that the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (“SBTC”) has set up a Fundraiser for Murdered Trucker Michael Boeglin’s Family and have put out this post…

    Dear Trucking Friends,

    I know you probably get hit up often for donations, but this
    time it’s different. This one is for the benefit of a fallen member of the trucking family: Michael Boeglin.

    Read James Jaillet’s July 7th story “Trucker found shot in truck
    in Detroit, rig burned” in Overdrive here:

    http://www.overdriveonline.com/trucker-found-shot-in-truck-in-detroit-rig-burned/

    Then, please consider donating here:

    http://www.1shoppingcart.com/SecureCart/SecureCart.aspx?mid=9D64D0CD-9F5F-4CC7-A66B-8CA890450101&pid=60a717fb1da34fd08075db708f84ad29

    In setting up this fundraiser, we hope to garner both
    trucking and mainstream media attention to spotlight the issue of safe parking for truckers.

    While some have declared this story is “not newsworthy, ”
    let’s show them how trucking takes care of its own. The amount collected will be announced at the SBTC’s Industry at Sea event in September (www.IndustryatSea.com). Donors* will be recognized on SBTC social media and websites (amounts donated will remain
    confidential).

    I am starting off the fundraiser personally with the first
    donation…

    Please donate what you can. Even just $5 (the cost of a
    Subway foot long) will help.

    Sincerely,

    James Lamb, Chairman
    Small Business in Transportation Coalition (“SBTC”)

    *The SBTC pledges that 97% of all monies collected will be
    sent to Michael Boeglin’s widow for the benefit of her and her unborn child (three percent will be earmarked for administrative expenses such as credit card processing fees).

  • Ai Pba
  • Michael Hofmann

    Pursue a Wrongful death claim since the company’s policy of “no drivers on premises” is the direct cause of the loss of life. Especially since they have the space. One victory will save a lot of lives. Go after the purse and they’ll pay attention.

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