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Truck driver shut down after multiple DUI violations

A truck driver with a California license was placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 21. The man had been stopped by police in Illinois and allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .308. He had a history of alcohol-related citations including one in Massachusetts in 2007 for DUI while operating a commercial vehicle and two in Connecticut from 2012 for refusing a breath alcohol test. Those incidents resulted in license suspensions of varying lengths.

The citations he was issued on March 21 included improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, failing to retain driver logbooks for the previous seven days and possession of intoxicating beverage while on duty or driving. The latter two are out-of-service violations.

According to the FMCSA, there is a risk to the public of serious injury or death if the man is permitted to operate a commercial vehicle. The agency said the man was either unable or unwilling to cease using alcohol while driving a truck.

Despite federal safety regulations, some truck drivers drive while drowsy, while under the influence or in other conditions in which they should not be behind the wheel. An accident with a truck can be particularly damaging due to the size of the vehicle relative to those of other drivers. An individual who is in an accident caused by a truck driver or a family who has lost a loved one in such an accident may want to consult an attorney about the situation. Both the driver and the driver's company might be liable. In addition to driver behavior such as speeding, faulty equipment may be to blame.

Source: Overdrive Online, "FMCSA Shuts Down Calif.-Based Driver After Multiple DUI Convictions," April 4, 2016

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