The purpose of Jason’s Law is to amend the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users to improve truck parking facilities.
What happens when we lack safe truck parking?
1) It forces drivers to continue to drive while in a fatigued state searching for parking
2) It forces drivers to drive in excess of HOS ( Hours of Service) breaking Federal Law
3) It forces drivers to park in isolated and dangerous areas (as was the case of Jason Rivenburg who was shot and killed)
4) It forces drivers to park on exit and entrance ramps and on shoulders of highway, also dangerous for other motorists.
5) Due to new CSA 2010 laws, drivers found to be driving in a fatigued state will be given a violation and the maximum number of points against them 10 points!
Is it time to shake things up again? I’ve been scouring the Internet searching for an update to Jason’s Law and have found no activity since May 10, 2011. Please tell me I’m wrong.
The last action taken was on May 10, 2011, when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
The paragraph immediately following the ‘Last Action’ on the ‘Bill Overview’ states the following:
See the Related Legislation page for other bills related to this one and a list of subject terms that have been applied to this bill. Sometimes the text of one bill or resolution is incorporated into another, and in those cases the original bill or resolution, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned.
What bothers me is this particular language: and in those cases the original bill or resolution, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned.
Bill H.R. 1803: Jason’s Law is too important to be abandoned for all of you! You’re fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, with families that depend on you. They need you to be around for years to come. We need to light another fire and I’m ready to help in any way I can. How about you?