Truck drivers are often the targets of violent crime; why isn’t more being done to protect them?
Truck driving is historically ranked as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported truck driving as the most deadly job in the country.
Over the last year, CDLLife has reported several incidents of violence against drivers. Here are some of the standout incidents:
35th and Dight, report of group of 4 males “attacking trucks” and trying to get truck drivers out of vehicles.#MplsCrime 00:05
- Memphis, Tennessee police say that a semi truck driver was fired upon by an SUV while traveling on I-40 on June 20. The truck driver was not hurt, but the truck was hit by bullets. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the SUV.
- On June 19, a driver’s wife, April Marin, posted on trucking social media pages that said that her husband’s truck took gunfire on the passenger side window as he left a delivery location near E. Raines Road and Mendenhall in Memphis. Marin said that her husband wasn’t hurt but was “of course shaken up!”
- On that same day, a veteran trucker was ‘blasted with bullets’ on I-70 in Ohio.
I was driving down the road last night when I got blasted with bullets. Without going into too much detail, I dodged the…
While there are no federal laws that prevent truckers from carrying firearms, many companies forbid it and a patchwork of state and local concealed carry rules can make it confusing for drivers to keep track of where their weapons are allowed. Many drivers have said they carry a gun for protection, but not all states honor a driver’s CC permit.
In 2019, two bills, H.R. 38 and S. 69, were introduced to the House and the Senate that would introduce national concealed-carry reciprocity and make it easier for truckers to defend themselves. To date, neither of the concealed-carry reciprocity bills have passed.
A trucking trade group has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for relief from state and local gun regulations to give drivers hauling supplies during uncertain times caused by Coronavirus a better chance to protect themselves.