Truckers Dying – When is Enough Going to be Enough?

When is enough going to be enough, how many truck drivers must die? What am I talking about?

I’m talking about idling restrictions and truckers trying to stay warm.

I heard from a trucker the other day that some drivers have gotten sick. One may have died, from running propane heaters in their trucks, trying to stay warm.

I even heard a driver say that he had a generator he was using and a cop came up to him and told him he had to shut it down, because of the noise. So the driver had to idle his truck all night. Truck drivers are the most regulated industry around. There is always somebody telling truck drivers what to do.

What’s the point in trying to “save the environment��� if we are allowing people to die for trying to abide by the no idle laws? Something needs to be done about this and soon. This is not a situation that needs to continue. Even one driver dying from an ignorant law like this, is too many.

I want to make a proposal. If the law makers make an ignorant law then they should have to endure it also. Law makers should have to go and sleep in a truck or their houses without any A/C or heat for ten hours every twenty four hours. Let’s see how long they make it. Law makers do not understand that if trucks were to stop then commerce would stop.

When is enough going to be enough? When will law makers admit to and address these problems? When will drivers come together and make your their voices heard? There are 3.5 million active truck drivers there is a estimated 8 million CDL license holders in the United States!

Do the law makers even realize what could/would happen if truckers were to organize?

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  1. Todd McCann
    Twitter: ToddMcCann

    Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any public outcry for the loss of a few truckers, but there is for sleepy drivers who have accidents that cause fatalities.

    My whole point is that the media/public can’t have their cake and eat it too. Drivers who can’t idle, can’t sleep well. If you don’t sleep well, you’re not as safe as you should be. It’s as simple ad that.

    Now if a driver has been up for days on end or has more drugs in his system than Robert Downey Jr., then I say string him up so we can all throw darts at him. But if he hasn’t slept well because he couldn’t idle his truck the night before… well who’s
    fault is that? I certainly don’t know any drivers who would rather have frozen toes or
    sleep in a pool of their own sweat.

    Sign me up to vote for your new law. The first night it goes into effect, my maniacal mad scientist-inspired laughter will be heard for miles around. Let’s shoot for February or August.


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