Trucking jobs Minnesota are promoting the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network in order to keep all of those who call the road home safe and sound. Jonda Williams and her husband, Mark, had a longstanding routine when he was on the road. So she distinctly remembers when she first knew something was wrong.
“My husband had been driving a truck for 40 years and never missed a beat about calling home,” she recalls. And yet, during a run in February 2012, she hadn’t heard from him. “I had throat cancer at the time so I knew that he would call, but he didn’t.”
She notified police, who told her he hadn’t been missing long enough. She called again later. “They kept giving me the runaround,” she says. “They said, ‘He’s out of Winston-Salem, so you have to call that police department.’ So I called the police department here and they said, ‘No, you have to call where he picked up his load since the load was picked up.’” Someone else told her to call the state police of the Highway Patrol. She became increasingly worried and frustrated. “I was like, OK, who do I need to call to report a man missing?”
Finally, she turned to Facebook. She got a response from Kari Fisher, also the wife of a truck driver, seeking permission to start asking people to keep an eye out for Williams’ truck. And that’s when it took off.
Fisher, who rides with her husband, had started a Facebook page called “Share the Road,” geared toward educating motorists about some of the challenges truck drivers face and how to drive safely around 18-wheelers. She used the page to post information about Mark Williams. It went viral and in just a short time, Williams was located in Alabama.
Soon after, Fisher formed the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network and many other communities began promoting it over the internet, such as trucking jobs Minnesota. A little more than a year later, she says it’s helped locate more than 20 missing drivers – all in varying situations.
Law-enforcement experts say police departments face unique challenges when it comes to their ability to respond to a call about a missing driver. A driver may have left one state and traveled to several others before the company or family members lose contact. This is where the trucking industry comes in, with much better access to those on the roads.
The success of the network and the number of people who have come together to help share alerts once they’re posted has surprised many and trucking jobs Minnesota continues to promote the site amongst their drivers.