The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has effectively shut down a Georgia-licensed truck driver. The driver was responsible for a crash on November 20, 2016 in Virginia, after he ran into the back of a vehicle stopped in traffic. Several cars were involved in the truck accident. A Virginia court subsequently found the driver guilty of DUI.
The driver had a history of unsafe driving. A little over a month before, he placed an emergency call for medical assistance from his parked truck at a Louisiana rest stop. Emergency personnel took him to the hospital, and on the way he admitted to the use of a Schedule II controlled substance. Additionally, he claimed not to have slept for five days.
In March 2017, the FMCSA declared the driver an imminent danger to public safety. He was ordered not to operate any commercial motor vehicles.
DUI and Truck Accidents
2010 statistics from the FMCSA showed that nearly 2 percent of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had blood alcohol concentrations of over 0.08, the legal limit in most U.S. states. More than 3 percent had some amount of alcohol in their systems. While these numbers may seem insignificant, a lot of damage can be done in a single truck accident.
Truck drivers are prohibited from consuming alcohol for four hours prior to operating a truck. Regular drug and alcohol testing is used to help weed out potentially dangerous drivers, but despite this, accidents do still occur.