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(DOT) Is Asking Truckers for Help to Improve Truck Parking

Is finding safe truck parking a pain? Find out how to give DOT a piece of your mind.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for input from truckers on the current truck parking situation in America.

The new survey will help federal agencies to update the inventory of truck parking for the first time since 2015. The information collected from truck drivers about the challenges they face finding safe parking will be used by authorities to allocate federal funds and shape solutions to meet the needs of the trucking community.

DOT will also be surveying each state to inventory truck parking at rest areas.

The survey is a follow up to a 2015 survey put in motion by Jason’s Law, named for Jason Rivenburg who was murdered in 2009 during a robbery attempt at an abandoned gas station that occurred because of a shortage of safe truck parking.

The 2015 survey found that 90% of drivers reported having trouble finding a parking spot, especially on weekdays. Additionally, 72.5 % of state DOTs reported that there was a problem with commercial vehicle parking in their state. The states with the worst trucking problems, according to the 2015 survey, were listed as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Washington, and Oregon.

Dash cam captures out of control apple truck on Pacheco Pass

“I was heading down Pacheco pass and this happened,” said the dash cammer

Motorists find slow morning commutes, crashes as storm arrives

All the lanes of northbound Interstate 15 just south of Interstate 8 were closed after three large trucks were involved in separate crashes, including this one. The lanes reopened by 5:30 a.m.

Drivers in San Diego County were finding heavy traffic and slow morning commutes as rain fell around the county Thursday, contributing to spinouts and crashes.

Early Thursday, all lanes of northbound Interstate 15 south of Interstate 8 in Mission Valley were closed after three large trucks were involved in separate crashes.

The first crash was reported shortly before 3 a.m. involving a flatbed truck that crashed into the center divider.

Next, the driver of a semi-truck who may have been trying to avoid the disabled truck drove off the freeway and onto a grassy embankment off the right-hand shoulder, according to the CHP.

A San Diego New Video videographer said the truck was carrying tortillas and other items and much of its load ended up going down an embankment and onto Camino del Rio South.

By 3:20 a.m., authorities reported a third crash in the area, this one involving a FedEx double trailer that lost control in the rain and ran into the center divide near the flatbed truck.

Officers began diverting all traffic off the freeway to I-8 as crews worked to clean up the lanes and remove the disabled vehicles. One driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to a CHP incident log.

By 5:30 a.m., all the lanes had reopened.

Spinouts and other crashes were reported on several other area freeways as the morning commute continued.

Anticipating the rainstorm, a California Highway Patrol officer on Wednesday had urged drivers to prepare for the soggy commute, suggesting motorists try to leave early and slow down while driving.

“Many crashes result from driving too fast, so the first tip is: Slow down. It’s a simple matter of physics that your vehicle can’t stop as fast or turn as accurately on wet pavement,” CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.

An actual bear strolled into a CHP commercial vehicle enforcement office

Troopers at the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility got a visit from a surprising guest over the weekend.

In viral video captured on November 17 and shared over the weekend by CHP’s Donner Pass division, you can see how an “unexpected visitor” casually peeks through a window into the facility before making his way inside.

The bear casually strolls around the facility, briefly stopping at a vending machine…

before being chased away by two CHP officers.

Troopers say that the bear couldn’t stay away — it was filmed just days later on November 21 making a return visit to the Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility parking lot.

Facebook users had several “theories” about what the bear might’ve been up to when it wandered into the facility.