Jessica Heeringa is a 25 year old mother who was finishing up a late shift at the Sternberg Exxon in Muskegon, Mi when she was abducted. The 5'1 employee was at the store alone and no surveillance system had been implemented by the owner. Jessica is still missing and the police are working very hard to find her. Camera footage would be very useful in this case and maybe if the perpetrator knew this was a station under surveillance the situation would have been avoided. Also, there is something to be said about safety in numbers. If Jessica had another employee at the store she would have been more safe. We the people implore our congress to please change the laws to say that no one person should have to work at a gas station, or any other open-late convenience store alone at night and that cameras in good working order are used at all times.
Jessica's Law, Drafted by Collene Lamonte:
- Require gas stations and convenience stores operating between 11 p.m.-5 a.m. to schedule at least two workers on that shift, or require gas stations and convenience stores to install and maintain a security camera that would record attacks, robberies or other crimes that threaten workers.
- Establish a civil fine of not more than $200 for each violation of this law.
With the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa capturing the attention of the entire nation and beyond, we the people implore our congress to please change the laws and pass the drafted Jessica's law, to say that no one person should have to work at a gas station or convenience store alone at night and that cameras that are in good working order are implemented at all times.
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