Truckers Strike 2008: National/New Jersey Action

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Turnpike-Turned-Truck Stop By Protesting Truckers

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (CBS/AP) ― Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.

Some truckers, on CB radios and trucking Web sites, had called for a strike Tuesday to protest the high cost of diesel fuel, saying the action might pressure President Bush to stabilize prices by using the nation’s oil reserves. But the protests were scattered because major trucking companies were not on board and there did not appear to be any central coordination.

On New Jersey’s Turnpike, southbound rigs “as far as the eye can see” staged a short lunchtime protest by moving at about 20 mph near Newark — jamming traffic on one of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways.

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WCBS-TV2 Aerial Photo Of Parked Protest Rigs

Truckers Protest High Fuel Prices, Clog NJ Turnpike

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. — Truckers angry about the high price of fuel staged a rolling protest on Tuesday, using their big rigs to slow traffic to a crawl on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The protest was part of a loosely organized nationwide effort by independent truckers to draw attention to the high prices they face.

On the Turnpike, southbound rigs “as far as the eye can see” slowed to about 20 mph near Newark around lunchtime — jamming traffic on one of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways.

State Police said several drivers were issued tickets as troopers broke up the slowdowns.

At a Turnpike rest area in North Jersey, about 200 truck drivers carried signs and protested high fuel prices.

Truckers Protesting High Fuel Prices

RENTON, N.J. (AP) – Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.

Some truckers, on CB radios and trucking Web sites, had called for a strike Tuesday to protest the high cost of diesel fuel, saying the action might pressure President Bush to stabilize prices by using the nation’s oil reserves. But the protests were scattered because because major trucking companies were not on board and there did not appear to be any central coordination.

On New Jersey’s Turnpike, southbound rigs “as far as the eye can see” were moving at about 20 mph near Newark, said Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando. Other truckers had gathered at a service area near Newark chanting and protesting.

Outside Chicago, three truck drivers were ticketed for impeding traffic on Interstate 55, driving three abreast at low speeds, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez.

Near Florida’s Port of Tampa, more than 50 tractor-trailer rigs sat idle as their drivers demanded that contractors pay them more to cover their fuel and other costs.

Report on Trucker Strike

God Bless the American trucker!

Previously here:

Truckers Strike 2008: 3 A.M. Wake-Up Toot
Truckers Strike 2008: Fill Up = Hold Up!
Truckers Strike 2008: Day One
God Bless The American Trucker
Truckers Strike 2008: Additional
Truckers Strike 2008: A Search Record Set
Is The April 1, 2008 Truckers Strike Real?
Truckers Strike: April 1, 2008
April 1: Truckers Strike?

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