APB For Missing Truck driver Reminds Industry to Keep Driving Up Safetyby Jana Ritter - Published: 12/12/2012
Albuquerque police are asking for help in locating Christopher Holloway, a 35 year-old long haul truck driver who was last seen December 5th at a New Mexico Flying J truck stop. Holloway was part of a two-man driver team working for Trans Lines trucking and en-route driving a load from California to New York. On the night of December 5th, the pair had stopped at the Flying J truck stop, at which point Holloway got out of the truck and told his partner he would be back in the morning. Holloway was last seen getting into a car with a female driver and has not been seen or heard from since. Albuquerque Police are not releasing any more details at this time but they consider Holloway to be a missing, endangered person and asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the Department's Missing Person Unit at 505-924-6096 or 505-235-1039.
Holloway is 5'10" and weighs 220 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He also has tattoos covering both arms, his neck and both hands.
While its still not certain that this case will have a tragic outcome, unfortunately its been the tragic ends of other missing truck drivers that has reminded the industry of the dangers associated with the job and inspired movement to protect drivers above all. Long-haul trucking is an especially dangerous profession, not only by its transient nature making it more difficult to locate drivers in distress, but the unmonitored activity taking place at highway truck stops and the lack of any safe rest areas being designated for big rigs at all. It has taken the lives of two truck drivers and the dedication of their loved ones to accelerate the industry's momentum in finding real solutions.
When truck driver Mark Williams went missing, his truck wasn't equipped with GPS tracking and law enforcement was basically at a loss. His family had nowhere else to turn but to social media and Kari Fisher, founder of “Share the Road Discussion Group” Facebook page. Word quickly spread all the way to a driver parked next to the missing truck at the T/A Truck Stop in Tuscaloosa, AL. Although Williams was sadly found deceased, social media helped the family locate their loved one within hours and to form “The Missing Truck Driver Alert Network” in Mark William's memory, with over 3000 Facebook members today.
The 2009 murder of truck driver Jason Rivenburg brought attention to crucial safety concerns about the lack of safe parking spots for drivers forced to take rest stops while on route. When Rivenburg had no other options but to park at an abandoned gas station, he was brutally shot and killed for the $7.00 robbed from him. Hope Rivenburg, his pregnant widowed wife, became the driving force behind “Jason's Law” now implemented in the highway bill. Jason's law is a provision in the bill that allows for $6.25 million in federal funds to be dedicated to providing safe parking locations along highways frequently traveled by truck drivers.