required the Federal Highway Administration to conduct the survey as
part of the “Jason’s Law” provision in the current highway law MAP-21,
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.
The “Jason’s Law”
provision is named after trucker Jason Rivenburg, who was ahead of
schedule en route to deliver a load in South Carolina in March 2009 but
was not allowed to park at the receiver. With limited options available,
he parked his rig an abandoned gas station, believing it would be safe.
During the night, he was attacked and killed by a robber for a mere $7
he had on him.
Jason’s wife, Hope, gave birth to twins 13 days
after Jason was killed. She continues to carry the torch for safe
trucking parking and even conducted her own independent survey on the
parking issue. Her survey received
4,000 responses and identified shortages in various regions and cities.
It also shed light on the amount of time it takes for truckers to find a
safe place to park to comply with hours of service.
Highway Administration continues to gather information for the official
docket. OOIDA and its research foundation are urging truckers to
complete the survey and tell their fellow drivers about it.
According to the FHWA, responses will be directly reflected in the findings that the administration will publish on its website.