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Jason’s Law

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Jason’s Law
Jason Rivenburg was a truck driver that was senselessly killed.
This is a possible legislation regarding truck driver’s safety and security. According to Rep. Paul Tonko; Jason’s Law would create 6 pilot programs to make available $120 million ($20 million each year) available to local government and private companies to address the shortage of truck parking on the national highway system. The grants would provide for several initiatives.

Construction of safety rest areas that include parting for commercial motor vehicles
–Constructing commercial motor vehicle parking facilities next to commercial truck stops and travel plazas
–Opening existing facilities for commercial motor vehicle parking, including inspection and weigh stations and park-and-ride facilities
–Promoting the availability of publicly or privately provided commercial motor vehicle parking on the National Highway System
–Constructing turnouts along the National Highway System for commercial motor vehicles
–Making capital improvements to public commercial motor vehicle parking facilities currently closed on a seasonal basis
–Improving the geometric design of interchanges on the National Highway System to improve access to commercial motor vehicle parking facilities
Priority would be given to grant applicants that can demonstrate a severe shortage of commercial motor vehicle parking, who have consulted with affected government agencies, community groups, and private companies, and demonstrate that the projects would have positive effects on highway safety, traffic congestion, or air quality.
Once introduced, the bill will be referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee