In a matter of hours the issue at hand went viral, overnight parking bans on commercial motor vehicles within the city of Coon Rapids created an uproar among truck driver across the country. Just on this site alone for the last two days we were seeing over one hundred page hits per hour so it obviously caught the attention of the trucking industry as a whole.
In the frenzy created, hundreds of comments were left by frustrated drivers on Coon Rapids’ public government Facebook page, some were very well structured and were tempered with professionalism and a genuine concern for addressing the issue and showed a willingness to work with the city to find an alternative in order to allow drivers to effectively comply with both federal Hours of Service regulations and local ordinances at the same time.
Unfortunately others only added more fuel to the fire and incensed local residents with vulgar language and assumptions that the actions of the city council in approving this ordinance were the wishes of all of the residents of Coon Rapids. One driver who posted a comment went so far as to say “Coon Rapids can suck a bag of [male genitalia]”. Now let us keep in mind that it is a page that is publicly displayed to and engaged by families with children as they often use it for reference material for upcoming events. Ask yourself “is that something I would want my kid seeing?” Then ask yourself as a citizen of Coon Rapids or even as a human being in general “Is that the behavior of a so called professional that I want frequenting my city?”.
Everyone has tossed around the words “people are just very passionate about this” but does it really give people an open ticket to disrespect the other professional drivers out there who are willing to provide insightful and usable comments and viable solutions instead of spewing comments that are commonplace on a bathroom stall. Coon Rapids is not some small town in the middle of nowhere with all kinds of unused acreage to build a truck stop on to solve the problem, it is a suburb very close to Minneapolis with a population of over 60,000 people spread out in only a 20 square mile area. Much of that area is regional parks and residential areas the rest is allocated to businesses. We can’t just throw a truck stop at the problem to solve it and we surely cannot get anywhere by arguing amongst ourselves as drivers on a public forum or by carrying on with comments that you would want your kids to see. There is most certainly a way to handle the matter and come to a solution that is appreciated in form and function by all affected parties but it starts with the drivers out there presenting themselves in a professional manner if they want to be treated as such, until that happens the image and the seriousness with which people treat our requests will never improve.