Some of you may recall a case in Tennessee where Joseph Volpe in a bout of road rage decide to fire a shot using a 9mm handgun at Bruce Johnston, an owner operator who was driving his truck down the highway. On July 18th Mr. Volpe was sentenced after being found guilty of three different felony counts which include 2nd degree attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. The average sentence in Tennessee for attempted murder is anywhere from 8 to 30 years, now let that sink in for a little bit while we go over a brief detail of what happened resulting in the charges against Mr. Volpe.
Volpe’s source of income was generated from running a company called Third Eye Highway Safety, operating under his company name Mr. Volpe drove around the highways across the country in the hopes of finding truck drivers that were exhibiting unsafe driving habits. If he happened to run across some of his chosen “prey” then he would use on-board cameras to record the drivers and then call the carrier that the truck was operated under and offer for them to buy exclusive rights to the videos in order to prevent him from making them public. During one of these trips he happened across Mr. Johnston and he apparently became so infuriated with Mr. Johnston’s driving that he decided to fire a round from his handgun at Mr.Johnston. Luckily the bullet missed the driver by a few inches after impacting the back of the cab.
So in essence we have a man who is roaming around the highways armed with cameras and a handgun hoping to profit from trucks and trucking companies by using a form of blackmail. If he feels blackmail won’t work then he just breaks out the old 9mm and tries to end your life. So are you ready to hear what happened to Mr. Volpe for his actions?
Well it appears that Tennessee feels his actions were only deserving of a stay in the state workhouse for less than a year and he is to pay restitution to Mr Johnston in the amount of $17,500 which was arranged in a very lenient payment plan of $250 per month for the next 7 years. So attempted murder along with two other felonies accompanying it seems to be a fairly accepted practice in Tennessee as long as the intended target is a truck driver. How is it that the legal system thinks it is acceptable to keep taking money from truck drivers and to keep passing more regulations against them only to follow it up with something as disrespectful and disgusting as this display by Tennessee? This is a ruling that for lack of a better term makes it “open season” on truck drivers because the general public knows they will get a slap on the wrist for taking aim at a truck driver on the highway. Many of us have seen the actions of government agencies treating truck drivers like second class citizens but this case really goes the extra mile to prove it.