‘Truckers Ride for the Constitution’ details emerge

| October 07, 2013
This image is the "Ride for the Constitution" Facebook page's profile picture. The agenda for the ride and weekend-long demonstration, say organizers, is focused on a mix of trucking and "constitutional" issues. The three-day demonstration has been joined by groups like Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment, and promoters offer some rally support information via this page.
This image is the “Ride for the Constitution” Facebook page’s profile picture. The agenda for the ride and weekend-long demonstration, say organizers, is focused on a mix of trucking and “constitutional” issues. The three-day demonstration has been joined by groups like Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, and promoters offer some rally support information via this page.

Organizers of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” demonstration have chosen the Doswell Truck Stop in Doswell, Va., as a rallying point for two convoys planned to converge on Washington, D.C., Friday.

A manifesto delivered via the Ride for the Constitution.org website by principal promoters over the weekend detailed the agenda. Following an introduction, the first five demands focus on trucking issues, a latter five on what principal promoter Zeeda Andrews called the “demands of the American people.” Read the manifesto for yourself via this link to the ride’s Facebook page. 

The trucking-related issues include California’s emissions regulations, hours of service and detention issues, mandatory liability insurance, truck parking safety, and crash accounting in the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Representatives of Doswell Truck Stop, formerly the All American Truck Plaza, said they received calls from event organizers. One of them was Earl Conlon, a driver and author of a 2004 novel that details a fictional scenario in which all of America’s truck drivers go into long-term hiding in protest of various trucking issues.

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“I’ll be there,” said Conlon, a Georgia-based former owner-operator now working as a company driver. Conlon has been organizing the bobtail tractors, pickups and motorcycle riders planning to ride into the District of Columbia.

“We’re going to start at 7 a.m.” Friday, said Andrews, a Jacksonville, Fla., resident who is not in trucking directly but considers herself one with drivers given her past touring and performing in truck stops, traveling with driving family members and many trucking associates. Speakers and news media representatives are expected, she added.

Conlon’s convoy is intended as a show of force, he said, attendant to delivering evidence to law enforcement authorities that he hopes will result in “one or two people stuck in handcuffs,” he said – “politicians, senators, congressmen — for violating their oaths of office” to uphold the constitution.

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A second convoy, this one only tractor-trailers gathering at the Doswell stop and other venues, will then circle the beltway. The intention is simply to cause a traffic jam and get the attention of politicians and the general public, said Andrews.

She encouraged supporting drivers across the nation who are still at work to “ride in the right lane in a convoy formation. If they can do that and wave their flags in support of their fellow truckers, they can show their unity [with other drivers].” The group is actively encouraging convoys to disrupt traffic around state capitols across the nation.

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Officer Darrell Davis of the permits office within the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department noted that maneuvering large vehicles near areas patrolled by the Secret Service, U.S. Capitol police and/or the parks police could result in forced diversion of trucks to other areas or other problems. Davis noted that their office had no current permit on file for the district demonstration Friday, but that they were aware of reports of it. J.B. Schaffner, a driver participating in the effort and who helped to engineer a similar D.C. ride in 2008, stressed that the bobtail-led convoy didn’t need a permit for its route. Organizers of this week’s event have stressed that intentions are for a peaceful demonstration.

As for the planned beltway event, organizers have not specifically called for freeway blockages or anything of an unsafe nature or murky legality. Taking action against traffic congestion caused by a large number of trucks driving normally would be difficult to enforce.  

 

More on the five trucking grievances included in the ride’s manifesto. 

  • Freight96

    Susie you will make a great nazi

  • Freight96

    Your not fooling anyone you already hate freedom loving Americans if you hate truckers that much don’t buy anything that comes on a truck and if you want to see a nazi look in the mirror

  • JetfireK

    Dear Truck Drivers
    The Health Care LAW is to help you so you and your family will not have “Emergency Room ONLY” Health Care. Think before you get behind your wheel!

  • JetfireK

    Chances are the trucks will be impounded and tickets will fly….and for what? Blocking health care that truckers and their families need. RIDE SALLY RIDE!

  • JetfireK

    We all came here as immigrants! Only true Americans are the American Indians which is why they pay no tax!
    And Truckers you may march on Washington as often as you like, you just can’t bring your trucks!

  • JetfireK

    Of course the media will show all the truckers headed to Washington and you will have your 15 minutes of fame before being arrested for causing un necessary traffic jams endangering the public.
    Do truckers have college degrees? Doesn’t sound like it.

  • JetfireK

    I’ll bet you don’t see WALMART TRUCKS rolling to DC!

  • JetfireK

    YES

  • JetfireK

    You just go to the Emergency room when you and your family becomes ill. Settle for that…..but we won’t

  • JetfireK

    SOLVE THE PROBLEMS TRUCKERS…BLOW YOUR HORNS LOUD! LOL

  • Jake Metzgar

    why are the truckers doing this

  • martymarsh

    Sorry folks I had to come back after reading in NEWS MAX that Mr Conlon said that none of this is going to happen. He said it was to get attention to our cause.
    For my money the lying conlon belongs in Washington with the rest of the corrupt lying maggots. Again Farewell and God Bless.

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  • cricket

    you are exactly right Haller I’m a driver, and have extended experience with all aspects of trucking. As far as compliance goes it changes so fast it is very hard to keep up with, and/ a good dispatcher has to work really hard to get a driver a good freight rate. I drive, but I also have to protect the driver as well as the company. With all that is REALLY involved it is an impossible job. AND I have been to those meetings and fought for us, they just roll their eyes. Them eyes really roll when you ask for them to use some of the revenue they are taking from the truck the driver and the company to fund a program to teach them 4 wheelers what we are doing out here on the road as professional drivers.That will help the crash data.Start ticketing them 4 wheelers that drive like a fool just to get in front of that truck.Take away their ignorance and you will see less crashes.

  • cricket

    Repugnican, are you a driver?? It doesn’t seem to me that you have any idea what it takes to be a driver. We go through a lot of abuse and expense to make sure you do not have to get your toilet paper from the boat. Lets show some respect for the men and woman who make your life a lot more easier then you think. If you understood you would not show so much hate. It takes a lot more then grammar to make sure YOU have something to buy at the store to eat and wipe your butt with.

  • Freight96

    The government is inhibiting our ability to make a living and violating our rights I am held to strict laws but those that in force the law can intrepret it I called the castaic scales in ca and asked the same question of 3 different officers and got 3 different answers and this can happen across states as well I did the same thing with the canajo grade and castaic scales and got 2 different answers and the fines for these interpretations can be 1000 or more why is it I have to be accurate and no one else does and they are supposed to be the educated ones I do every thing I can to be safe and follow the law i became a truck driver because I always wanted to drive a truck I didn’t know I become a criminal as well just because I love trucks truckers are trying to make a living we dont make a lot of money the fines and penalties are back breaking and now a person that’s never driven a truck is telling me how he or she knows better than me how I should operate my goal every day is to do my job safely and with integrity and go home to my family if they put these laws on cars the public would be screaming

  • USMC 69-75

    If you have you ask…..you are part of the problem!

  • USMC 69-75

    That’s why I have a camera on my dash, idiots like you……feel the speed bump, Ops sorry, it was a dum-o-crat!

  • USMC 69-75

    WHAT…..you want health care….go out and buy it. bummer care is only going to kill jobs and our country. Whose going to pay for the elephant? Last time I did the math, 20% supporting 80%……don’t add up in my book, so go before the death panels and see if it’s worth keeping you or grandma around or give you the pill!

  • USMC 69-75

    Perfect sign of an ignorant, spineless troll!

  • Freight96

    If it’s so good why have thousands of companies and unions been given exemptions and why has the government given subsidies to the senate.and congress to pay for obamacare why are unions complaining that this bad law is going to destroy the 40 hour work week your intentions may be sincere but government can’t tie it’s own shoes with out help .this bad law isn’t helping healthcare in America it’s destroying it .

  • GetReal

    96-Nazis?? OMG. you need to grow a pair and use what the constitution gave us…VOTE!!! Do you have any idea what could happen to the economy if we truckers were to do as these people are suggesting?

  • GetReal

    This whole thing smells rotten. I have done my research on this so called trucker strike or whatever they want to call it today and I don’t trust these people or their supposed motivations. Yes there are problems in our government but what’s being proposed will only hurt ourselves. I for one will not participate. Call me paranoid, but something’s up. Here’s a few points:

    Zeeda has changed the spelling of her name to Tzedah…someone please tell me what that means.

    The dates, Oct. 11-13 themselves seem ominous to me…10-11,12,13…and 2013 is 12th anniversary of 9/11. FREAKY!

    The Washington Times report on 9/13/13:
    “Al Qaeda terror network leader Ayman al-Zawahri sent out a message marking Sept. 11, 2001, with a call for more attacks on U.S. soil, aimed at hitting America hard in the pocketbook…He called on al Qaeda militants to set off a number of smaller attacks to “bleed” America’s finances, or go for another “big strike,” like the Sept. 11, 2001, hit. His message: Al Qaeda forces should seek out any action that creates a “state of tension” in America.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/13/al-qaeda-leader-calls-strikes-us-soil-bleed-americ/

    I ain’t putting myself or my truck there, that’s for sure!!

  • John

    I currently pay $506 per month for my insurance. Under the “affordable” care act, my cost will increase to $1097 per month. More than DOUBLE! So how is it that your presidents’ ( you have to be a dumbacrap and odummer supporter) “affordable” care act is so good for everybody? Maybe your in one of those EXEMPTION GROUPS?

  • John

    I didn’t “come here” as an immigrant. I was BORN HERE! In the good OLE USofA!
    JetfireK is probably one of those illegals from south of the border that spouts their bullshit while supporting the communist/muslim misleader running this country in DC. Odummers supporters were promised free handouts if they voted him back in for the 2nd term. How stupid they must be after he made those same promises the first time around, then didn’t follow through, only to offer the same thing, then do the same thing NOTHING!

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me for believing you… Except these odummer supporters have no shame!

  • John

    The fight is not with Richmond. There just aren’t ant truckstops in DC. And besides these guys/gals were invited to use this location, by the truckstop owners. And I’d bet a weeks pay, the “mayhem” won’t be caused by the truckers, but by troublemakers like Judicius and JetfireK.

  • john

    A lot don’t. Because truckers aren’t given handouts and freebies like you get. We work for everything we’ve got, our homes, vehicles, GUNS! Unlike you just standing on the corner with your hand out taking whatever odummer gives you.

  • john

    Repugnican is really a dumacrap and odummer supporter! Remember back when odummer made that speach, saying “If you’ve got it, you didn’t get it on your own. You have it because the government gave it to you, or helped you get it.” These anti-trucking IDIOTS think they’ve got it because the gov’t. put it in their hands. They’re too stupid to know that a truck hauled those things to distribution points for the gov’t to give away!

  • john

    The “health care law” is designed to force everyone to buy their insurance from a few, selected by the fed. gov’t, insurance companies, instead of letting there be fair competition among companies. It’s nothing more than a money grab by the gov’t, at the expense of the citizens of this once great country. My cost now is $504/mo. Under odummers “affordable” plan it more than doubles to $1097/mo. For you odummer supporters, that’s $13,164/yr. With the penalty tax being only $3500/yr, when this odumass law takes effect, I’ll drop my ins and just pay the penalty. And I make too much to get subsidized. This whole plan is a joke! Odummer is just stealing from the poor to pay the rich!

  • John Mason

    yes these anti patriots and anti americans are spouting crap out of their filthy holes like they will. there will be gnasing of teeth and they will hide in the rocks from the lords return.
    get ready for concentration camps. veteran and ex trucker

  • JetfireK

    NO! Actually what the President said was roads and stores were built before you were born therefore you did not get it on your own,

  • JetfireK

    Boehner, Cantor and Ryan voted to raise the debt ceiling every single time under George W. Bush without any hesitation and GWB raised the debt ceiling 7 times for a total increase of 90%.

  • JetfireK

    Americas does not look down on Truckers! You however on your job look down on us! In that, you are gigantic coming down the highway with wheels that are larger than our autos and a horn that sends shrills down our spine. You are literally frightening! And now you are angry ….wow….another reason to be more afraid to travel anywhere near a Trucker because Truckers are real men! What women in her right mind would challenge a real man much less one that is behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler? So you see we are not standing there taking handouts as another previously mentioned. And we don’t want this Truck Roll to cause you grief because we know it will. We also know that you will not listen and possibly give not a thought to anything except pursuing your goals…..meanwhile as you continue to pass the autos on the highway …..remember…..you’re a real man with a big truck….and you’re frightening whether you accept that or not!

  • Tired…

    So…you can’t answer the quite simple and direct question? Just more misguided rhetoric from the uninformed…

  • cricket

    You are exactly right. I do remember that speech. Along with (what REALLY scares me) “I need 2 more years to finish the job”. And I figured he was just a hater getting a hand out. Good thing us drivers are nice enough to make sure that hand out gets delivered on time for as cheap as the government can make it..

  • Susan Rajchel

    ALERT/Obama DOT Plans use of National Guard to close I-495 Capital Beltway tomorrow?by Drake

    http://www.redstate.com/glennryt/2013/10/10/obama-dot-plans-use-of-national-guard-to-close-i-495-capital-beltway-tomorrow/

    Drake | October 10, 2013 at 11:06 am | URL: http://wp.me/p2tRr3-11i

  • undergraduate

    Another individual with her/his/its head planted firmly up Ubama’s……….

  • undergraduate

    “We truckers?” BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    You’re about as much a trucker as Ubama is.

  • undergraduate

    When you have eto explain a joke–like Ubama–he ceases to be funny.

  • Brown Eyes

    God Bless all drivers and PLEASE. Keep it peaceful and respectful as professionals always do! We take pride in being professional WE WILL NOT stoop to Washingtons level! God Bless Be Safe

  • Shawny

    Yeah, like telling “Occupy” you can protest wherever you want, you just can’t crap on cop cars and trash public parks and buildings. Here’s the deal brighteyes, truckers don’t need your permission, critique or advice.

  • Shawny

    Truckers will be meeting with legislators at the WWII Memorial with the Veterans. Bachman, Lee, Cruz and Gohmert so far. And there will be information delivered to others.

  • JetfireK

    Your Ancestors came here (as Immigrants)….Get it?
    GO HARVARD!

  • JetfireK

    In Canada Health Care is not a privilege, it’s a Right
    In the US Health Care is a privilege for the Right

  • JetfireK

    Hint: DC has no truck stops? Well Good luck on getting through the State Police Road Blocks!

  • al Wolf

    stick the first plan. the head of obama on a plate and congress on a pike! will you wait longer for them to bleed us and kill us? how many more must suffer?

  • Jon Schneider

    Making life harder for the average American doesn’t help your cause…..just pisses people off. Go after the politicians…they’re the ones that run things

  • Vaudreyvil
  • FedUp

    Where do you come up with this horseshit?
    You sound wackier than beck, bachmann, limpballls and cuz all rolled into one sack of stupid.

  • idleobserver

    @ tired~ Are you really serious? None of your Constitutional rights have been infringed upon in the past decade? Are you living in a bubble like Hmontiagne? Can you say the “n” word without repercussion? Can you travel thru an airport without being frisked? Can your kids wear the American flag on a shirt to school or talk about Christianity without being sent to the principal? Can you point your finger at someone and not be accused of a fire arms threat? Can you choose not to have health care without paying a penalty? Can you be a conservative 501(3) c organization without being targeted by the IRS?
    My 1st, 2nd and 4th ammendments have all been sniped under this adminstration?
    Some people like to step on the American Flag whiles others perfer to trample on the Constitution.

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