I don’t support sending this family to a Truck Show in Dallas, or any other truck show for that matter. First of all, before the lynch mob shows up saying “but, but , but, you supported it before!” Yes, in fact, I was one who suggested the idea in the beginning. But then I got to noticing that nobody else really supported this except for a select group on Twitter.
Some think that OOIDA and ATA should be fronting money for this trip, as I did in the beginning. But I have come to the realization, as to why OOIDA and ATA have not donated to this cause. Firstly, I want to state that this was originally MY OWN IDEA and it DOES NOT COME FROM OOIDA OR ATA.
I feel like they were seeing this the way that I do now, that sending this family to a TRUCK SHOW is a waste of money, let alone time. It’s like preaching to the choir, by sending them to a Truck Show. Truck Drivers already know the dangers, and how bad they have it out there, as far as trying to find a decent and safe place to park.
Also, there are legal reasons why I don’t support this “money drive”. This is not a legal way to do these “donations”. I mean don’t get me wrong, it IS a wonderful thought that gotruckstop.com has not only donated their booth space at GATS (and carpeting, table, and chairs), but also generously provided a link on their website for PayPal donations. But, it truly could be devastating if something were to happen and that no monies ended up being received by the Rivenburg’s. Simply putting a donation button on a website, and having it go to a PayPal account, is NOT legit. Sorry, but for this to be a properly orchestrated donation then it should have gone directly to the Rivenburg’s.
I DO support Jason’s Law. I have called and talked to my Senators and Representatives and they feel the same way that I do. They feel it will get passed “with ease”, and that there is no real threat to it not happening. I am thinking the same way at this point. If you read over the bill, there is nothing really in there to be against. I doubt, very seriously, that the petition is going to have an effect on the outcome of this bill anyway.
What WILL have an impact, is if you call your friends and family, as well as your Senators and Representatives. We need to ensure that they all understand what this bill will do, and how bad it has gotten for truckers to find a decent and safe place to park.
I would like to mention that this post was co-written by myself Truckdrivernews ~ Jason Cox and HiTech_Trucker ~Dennis Dearborne
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