The idea of “defunding the police” may have economic backlash for many towns.
The trucking industry is thinking twice about sending their services to areas that are calling on a defunding of the police, given the valuable cargo in shipment and the concern for driver safety.
Mike Kucharski, owner of JKC Trucking, told Fox News that his company made the pull because “our first priority is our drivers and their safety.”
“We decided to take this step for multiple reasons. Number one is that Our first priority is to support our drivers and their safety when they are on the road. Defunding the police is a bad idea because when you’re on the road for weeks or days at a time driving 11 hours with valuable cargo, everybody wants to steal this. When you’re a truck driver for long enough on the road there’s no safe place. Violnce is everwhere so if you’re going to be having valuable cargo and no police to rely on who’s going to protect our drivers?
In addition to the drivers’ safety, Kucharski mentioned the threat to valuables when there are no police to provide safety.
“Another issue that I am seeing in the future is I have cargo insurance, liability insurance, fiscal damage insurance, and I am very curious how when I renew my contracts at the end of the year, if there is going to be language — if I am going to even have coverage going into these places,” Kucharski said.
“Right now I have coverage going all over domestically. You have to get special coverage for Canada or Mexico or you might have to buy special riders for this on top of everything.”
The idea of defunding the police has become popular not only among the courts of public opinion but with lawmakers as well.
But as we can see with major industrial brands pulling out, safety might not be the only reason it’s a good idea to fund the police.
In 1992 a truck driver named Reginald Denny was pulled from his big rig during the Rodney King riots and beaten nearly to death. Denny suffers from physical ailments to the day.
This story has resurfaced as drivers are fearful of being surrounded by protestors with violent intents.
Truck drivers specifically are a target, considering the valuable assets they ship.