Truck Drivers Are Refusing to Deliver to Cities That Defund Police
79 percent of truckers say they won't deliver to areas with defunded police departments
The majority of truck drivers are refusing to deliver to cities that defund or abolish their police departments, according to a recent poll.
As tensions continue to mount across the country, leftist calls to disband police departments are intensifying.
However, major concerns for the idea are being raised by some of the nation’s most important people: Truckers.
As protesters demand cities defund their police, truck drivers worry that such a move will make their profession too dangerous.
In fact, the overwhelming majority of truckers say they won’t deliver to areas without an established police presence.
According to CDL News, a website for the commercial trucking industry, seventy-nine percent of truck drivers said they feel their safety would be at risk if they had to deliver to a city with a disbanded police department.
Long-haul truck drivers have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic for the past year due to stay-at-home orders requiring most Americans to buy their goods online.
And more recently, truckers have had to deal with protests, riots, and violent mobs.
Now many truckers are worried about going to places such as Minneapolis.
The Minnesota city's council president is reportedly planning to dismantle their police department following the death of George Floyd.
Truck driver dragged out by 100-1 mob pic.twitter.com/IVaTkfOuxm— american nationalist (@NationalistTV) June 1, 2020
CDL News asked drivers on its app to explain why they would not deliver to these cities.
"I will not deliver to an area with a disbanded police department,” one driver responded.
"My life matter and I do this for my family.
"We are already at the mercy of these towns and cities with laws and hate against us for parking, getting a meal or even using a restroom."
“Simple. We may not like it all the time, but laws and order is necessary,” another trucker said.
Truck driving has historically been ranked as one of the most dangerous jobs in America, according to News Thud.
In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked it as the most dangerous job in the country.
Construction workers come in second place, with farmers and ranchers taking third, groundskeepers taking the fourth slot, and miscellaneous agricultural employees rounding out the list as the fifth most dangerous job.