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MARION — U.S. Rep. Mike Bost knows the trucking business — his family owns Bost Truck Service Inc. in Murphysboro.

“I grew up in the business. I came home from the Marines and was involved in the business for 10 years,” he said during a visit Monday to Marion to highlight a key issue he's hoping to tackle during this year's legislative session.

One issue for commercial drivers is finding a safe place to park and rest. Bost visited Vernell’s Interstate Service in Marion Monday to talk about a bill to help called the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act.

Commercial truck drivers, who are required to stop and rest periodically under federal law, often find themselves parking alongside exit ramps or roadways or in areas that are not safe.

Bost said this puts the drivers in danger of theft, robbery, damage to their vehicle — or even murder.

It also becomes dangerous to other drivers of personal vehicles on the roadway who may be tired and encounter a commercial vehicle in an unexpected place. They can drive up underneath a truck or hit them.

The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act would provide funding for states to increase the number of spots for trucks to park.

“We realized (during the COVID-19 pandemic) how important trucks are,” Bost said.