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FMCSA Labels More Drivers as Imminent Hazard Ordering Them off the Road

May 22, 2013

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For the second straight day on Wednesday the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has ordered two more truckers off the road, saying they are an “imminent hazard to public safety.”

South Carolina-licensed Arnold Bradford Williams was served the federal orders May 8.

The agency says on April 6, Williams was operating a commercial vehicle on I-20 in Georgia when he was stopped by a Georgia State Police officer and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. 

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In late January Williams was charged by the North Charleston, S.C., Police Department with reckless homicide and possessing an open alcohol beverage container. The arrest followed a crash of the tractor-trailer he was operating on Interstate-526 with four stopped vehicles, resulting in one fatality and three injuries. The police investigation remains open.

Also getting the axe in making interstate movements is Texas-licensed Ruben Galindo who was served the federal orders on May 6.

On April 13 Galindo was operating a tractor-trailer on U.S. 90 near San Antonio, Texas, on the wrong side of the road when the vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with an SUV, resulting in four fatalities and one serious injury, according to FMCSA.

San Antonio Police Department officers responding to the crash subsequently arrested Galindo on four counts of intoxication manslaughter. The police investigation remains open.

The agency points out it is a violation of federal regulations to drive a truck or bus under the influence of alcohol. FMCSA's imminent hazard out-of-service order for both men it says is based on their violation of federal safety regulations.

On Tuesday FMCSA announced it had ordered a New Mexico trucker off the road, also for violating regulations prohibiting alcohol use while driving.

 

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