SO IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO OTHERS... #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut It was the worst day of Helen Shanbrom's life when a speeding, out-of-control tractor-trailer jumped a freeway median in San Dimas, California, and crashed into a car being driven by her 27-year-old son. His senseless death galvanized her into becoming "a one-woman crusade" for truck safety. A private, apolitical person, she knew little about the legislative process and less about lobbying, but she set to work learning, despite the many people who warned her there was nothing she could do. A bedroom in her house became a library of information on safety and on governmental procedures. A stream of letters and phone calls began coming forth from that room—and threatening phone calls began coming in. Some drivers and trucking industry executives assumed Shanbrom was out to do them in, although she says, "I'm not out to get anybody. I just want to make the highways safer." Her lobbying efforts have led to legislation that increases fines for speeding, allows for surprise highway patrol inspections, bars the use of hand brakes for stopping trucks, and puts more patrols on roads with high accident records. Former legislator John Seymour said that it was completely because of Helen Shanbrom's urging that he introduced such bills. And she didn't stop; she went on to work all-out for limiting commercial truck drivers' hours behind the wheel, for improving training for highway patrol officers, keeping triple-trailers off California's roads, requiring anti-lock brakes on commercial vehicles, banning them from using radar detectors, and requiring them to have "black boxes" on board just as airplanes do. She also lobbied to prevent NAFTA from lowering US safety standards for the size and weight of trucks. Legislators and law enforcement officers alike credit Helen Shanbrom for a sharp decline in truck-related deaths and injuries. Because of one grieving mother's tireless crusade, hundreds of other families have not had to endure the terrible loss of loved ones. ....Please like this whole Giraffe Heroes page so we can send you more great stories.