Crooked Political Leaders Who Put Profit Over Safety

Ron J. Melancon President
www.dangeroustrailers.org
8898 Castle Point Drive
Glen Allen,  VA  23060

dusterrm1@comcast.net

804-270-3727
804-837-0086

Dear Delegate

Over the weekend we where featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch and The Times Daily in Alabama.

http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20110102/NEWS/110109991/1011/NEWS?Title=Group-seeks-uniform-laws-for-hauling-utility-trailers

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/jan/01/tdmet02-henrico-man-passionate-about-traffic-safet-ar-746543/

While the Richmond Times Dispatch featured our Police Chief Stanley quoting.

"He comes across as very strong, but I think it's just the passion that he has about the issue," said Henrico County Police Chief H.W. Stanley Jr., who often receives correspondence and calls from Melancon.

Melancon's persistence has led the police department to take a more active role to educate the community on trailer safety, Stanley said..

The Times Daily in Alabama has a State coordinator of the North Alabama Highway Safety Office, Russell is well aware of what can happen when a utility trailer becomes unhitched and is spinning out of control in traffic.    We even quote.......

Jim Martin, manger of the Northwest Alabama Stockyard in Russellville, has pulled cattle trailers, horse trailers and utility trailers for years.

“We take every precaution we can,” Martin said. “That doesn’t always happen with others, though. While traveling, I’ve seen accidents happen because of trailers breaking loose or items on the trailer coming off.

So we all know that this is growing issue and  lives have been lost and nobody is addressing but us.  In fact we have political leaders who wish us to simply fail and go away.  Case in Point...

Delegate Jack Reid -- who gets a law enacted but the following year votes to kill it.

Delegate Pollard -- who gets money from Carry On trailers to destroy house bill 429 with House Bill 2690. $500.00

Congressman Whittman who gets $5,000 from Carry On Trailers to stop us with a National Standard.

State Senator Webb who has mislead us.  See attached siged everything and One (1) year later nothing.

Delegate Cox who has received $500.00 from Holmes Enterprises AKA Holmes Trailers to defeat House Bill 145.

The House Transportation Sub committee Who along with the entire House Transportation has received $3,459,195 from transportation interests.  Here is the total for each member who killed house bill 145.
Delegate Carrico 7,650,  Delegate Older $17,350, Delegate Rust$32,701, Delegate Garrett $5,612, Delegate Cox $19,339, Delegate Ward $4,750, Delegate Carr 3,550.

The reason you are getting this is we are aware of the tricks last minute house bills you might bring into the General Assembly.   We watch people like Andrew Smith....we watch where the money is coming from and why you vote the way you do.  The only recourse we have is to "Vote You Out" when you decide that lives are not worthy because you are influenced by money.  With the defeat of House Bill 145 it is clear that $8.00 of profit is more important than addressing a trailer that NEVER GETS INSPECTED and over 50% of the time the lights do not work. 

We were offered a potential 6 figure support system if we played the game...We'll guess who did not play the game...US..

Alabama State Senator Means with Senate Bill 69 Note He was indicted by the DOJ with 11 Counts.
Tennessee State Senator Tracy with Senate Bill 3433
Tennessee House Member Marsh with House Bill 3851


Every time we seek help we keep encountering crooked political leaders.  When you read these bills you will notice that one (1) company would have a monopoly and we could not support that.

All of these members who did not want to be on record for killing  House Bill 145 voted to send into  the
"Black Hole" AKA the Circular File and send it to committee.

Then we have
Delegate O'Bannon who introduced the bill and did not even show up to defend the bill.

We have
Virginia Farm Bureau with High Paid lobbyist Andrew Smith who helped kill the bill and even the Virginia Motorcycle Club also helped destroy the bill.

We have
Erie Insurance that has totally ignored my letters.

We have
Travelers Insurance who has premium income of 9 cents but spends 30 cents on claims on loose trailers they are loosing money and they do nothing. 

We have
State Farm Insurance that we know of having their customers "Homemade Trailers" coming off and killing 4 people.  One on Hull Street and the other 3 on the Maryland Bay Bridge.

We even have
Lowe's that supports Carry On trailers by buying their products to keep on defeating House Bill 145.  Note Carry On trailers does not put on "Reflector Tape on Box Trailers"

National Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood...over 30 emails...nothing...not even you are crazy letter.

Stunning letter from 2002 that Wiki Leaks did not get...but we did... Total disregard and totally ignored.

We have trained over 1,000 people to look at www.vpap.org and see the money and see who votes for what and what you find is MONEY talks.  Last year I baby sat these political leaders in many committees and saw what is going on and noticed that most of the time these lobbyist have already helped these Delegates vote the way they do.

With our cause it is clear that in our examples our political leaders are being bought by these greedy companies who put profit over safety.  In a few months I will have to explain why I am filing in front of a Judge and I will explain I used everything I had to save lives despite the efforts of everybody listed to destroy my family and our cause.  Shame on them, Shame on our system where these individuals are destroying our Country. 

Sincerely,



Ron J. Melancon

Group seeks uniform laws for hauling utility trailers

Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.

Eddie Russell said he can’t help but worry every time he attaches a trailer to his vehicle and begins towing it. He wonders if this will be the time it comes loose as he’s driving down the road.

As coordinator of the North Alabama Highway Safety Office, Russell is well aware of what can happen when a utility trailer becomes unhitched and is spinning out of control in traffic.

In Alabama, the result has been the death of 83 people.

“No matter how many times you’ve pulled a trailer, that’s always going to be a worry; it is for me,” Russell said. “I’m always wondering if everything is in the right order, and in the back of my mind, I think about what might happen.”

Jim Martin, manger of the Northwest Alabama Stockyard in Russellville, has pulled cattle trailers, horse trailers and utility trailers for years.

“We take every precaution we can,” Martin said. “That doesn’t always happen with others, though. While traveling, I’ve seen accidents happen because of trailers breaking loose or items on the trailer coming off.”

A trailer-related accident in 2003 motivated Ron Melancon, of Virginia, to start a grassroots movement to promote uniform laws and standards involving utility trailers. Melancon ran into a rear of a utility trailer without taillights. He escaped serious injury but started researching the use of utility trailers and found few laws regarding their use.

The next year, working with state legislators in Virginia, a law was passed requiring reflective tape to be on every utility trailer.

Melancon continued researching trailer safety and became more concerned.

“Every day, at least one person, somewhere in the U.S., is killed by an accident that involves a utility trailer,” Melancon said.

Statistics from the National Highway Safety Office show 322 people were killed nationwide in 2009 in crashes involving a vehicle pulling a trailer. There were 22 fatalities in Alabama, according to the report.

“I wanted to get Congress to do something,” he said. “When I talked with the National Highway Safety Office and insurance companies about this issue, I was told it was a state-by-state issue. My concern is there should be a uniform law governing utility trailers as well as trailer hitches.

“A trailer in New York should have the same standards as one in Alabama. It’s just like a home builder — they have standards and unified codes.”

He said, for instance, secure chains should be hooked from the trailers to the chassis of the vehicle hauling the trailer. Also, he said lights and reflective tape should be required on all trailers.

“It’s nothing more than a matter of safety,” Melancon said.

He is concentrating his efforts on trailers weighing less than 3,000 pounds, which have no regulations. He said there are federal laws already in place regulating trailers weighing more than 3,000 pounds.

“I can understand his concern,” Russell said.

“I’ve seen trailers come loose and even saw a boat break off a trailer and cause a wreck. I can see where something needs to be done and the need for regulations on all trailers.”

Melancon said Virginia is the only state mandating standards for utility trailers.

Working with families who have been affected by fatalities caused from crashes involving utility trailers, Melancon hopes more states will get on board.

“We tried in Hawaii and Louisiana but failed,” he said.

“We have bills pending in Wisconsin and North Carolina that we are hoping to get passed this year. We’re a grassroots movement, but we’re growing and we’re doing all we can to bring light to this problem.”

For details, go to dangeroustrailers.com.

Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.

By the numbers
By the numbers
  • 1,839 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving vehicles hauling a utility trailer from 2005-09.
  • 65,566 injures were reported from crashes involving vehicles hauling a utility trailer from 2005-09.
  • 83 people were killed in Alabama in accidents involving vehicles hauling a utility trailer from 2005-09.

Source: National Highway Safety Office
     

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