According to a new poll, an overwhelming majority of truckers say they will not deliver goods to cities that elect to defund or abolish their police departments.
Overwhelming Majority of Truckers Will Not Deliver to Cities that Defund Their Police Departments
According to CDL News, a news outlet for the commercial trucking industry, a whopping 79 percent of truck drivers said they would fear for their safety if they had to deliver to cities with disbanded police departments.
— Yamil R. Sued (@Yamil_Sued) June 13, 2020
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s long-haul truck drivers have continued to put their health at risk in order to deliver food and other much needed items to localities across the country. Some would later also risking being victims of police brutality at the hands of protesters turned violent.
It’s not surprising that most truckers would be concerned about traveling to cities like Minneapolis, Minnesota, where local officials reportedly planned to dismantle their police department in response to the protests that were sparked by the death of George Floyd.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 13, 2020
Truck Driver: ‘My life matters and I do this for my family’
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CDL News asked drivers on to explain why they would not deliver to these cities.
“I will not deliver to an area with a disbanded police department,” said one driver. “My life matters and I do this for my family. We are already at the mercy of these towns and cities with laws and hate against us for parking, getting a meal or even using a restroom.”
Another driver said, “Simple. We may not like it all the time, but laws and order is necessary.”
Truck drivers across America are sending an important message – defund police, and we'll stop making deliveries to your cities.
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) June 14, 2020
Truck Driving is One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the Country
Historically, truck driving has been deemed one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked trucking it as the most dangerous job in America in 2018, ahead of construction workers in second, farmers and ranchers ranking third, fourth going to groundskeepers, and miscellaneous agricultural employees getting fifth among the most dangerous jobs nationally.
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