The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is tasked with enforcing the safety regulations dealing with commercial vehicles like semi-tractor trailers and buses on roads in Georgia and around the country. One of the most important duties of the FMCSA is sanctioning drivers that routinely ignore traffic laws or violate federal regulations, and the agency has announced that a California truck driver was taken off the road on March 25 due to repeated drunk driving offenses.
The final straw for the FMCSA came on March 21 when the man was stopped by police in Illinois. A breath test administered at the scene is said to have discovered that he was driving his large and heavy commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .308 percent, well over the legal limit. The man was also cited for failing to maintain adequate logbook records, driving erratically and transporting alcohol illegally. Both the drunk driving and logbook citations are considered to be immediate out-of-service infractions by the FMCSA.
The FMCSA reported that the driver in question had three previous drunk driving convictions. His commercial driver's license was suspended twice in Connecticut for refusing to take breath tests in 2012, and he was convicted for multiple violations of Massachusetts DUI laws in 2007. When reporting the incident, the federal safety agency referred to the man as an imminent danger to other road users.
People who are injured in accidents caused by impaired or otherwise negligent truck drivers may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for their losses. In many cases, both the driver as well as the trucking company could be held financially responsible in a successful personal injury lawsuit naming them as defendants.