What do retired truck drivers do after they’ve quit driving for a living? In TN, some retired truck drivers are using their life experience and driving skills to help remove hazardous waste from communities in Tennessee. Currently, 14 truck drivers cover 11 counties, who are on-call to respond to meth lab scenes, if they are needed by the TN Meth Task Force. Each truck has been especially outfitted for the job, including blue flashing lights, at a cost of $50,000, according to a report by WSMV.
Meth lab truck drivers, don’t actually “clean the meth lab”, but they do help the clean up team by bringing them the equipment they need to get their jobs done. They haul equipment in like tents, generators, mobile offices, protective gear, and other materials needed by the hazardous materials removal team.
The service provided by retired TN truck drivers doesn’t stop at the clean up site though. They assist police by sharing meth lab techniques they’ve learned from other sites that they’ve responded to in other parts of the state, helping police to learn about situations they may not have seen yet. But, their community service doesn’t stop there. They also do school presentations to help teachers and students learn about the meth lab problem and they even pick them pseudoephedrine log sheets from pharmacies that can’t submit them electronically.
Are you a retired truck driver that would like to do something to do something about the meth lab problem in your state? Contact your state’s meth lab task force, local police department, or sheriff’s office. If you need help finding that information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to find it for you.
News Update: Looks like someone from the clean up team was needed again on Friday. A highway department employee in Bedford County was just arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. Billy Joe Burks, 35, says his wife knew he was making meth but he says he never did it when the kids were home. Hello? Will someone please tell them that not cooking in front of the kids is not enough to protect them from the toxic chemicals that now fill their home. Sigh. The article on the Times Gazette called “County worker accused in meth case” says the Meth Task Force was called to the scene, but there’s no mention about whether the house was quarantined. I hope that it is being quarantined for the sake of those children.