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Lying about health gets trucker banned from the road

No one would ever say that being a long-distance haul truck driver is an easy line of work. Getting a license requires special training. The hours are odd. The conditions can be hazardous. And the rules and regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies face are many. It's not unusual to hear drivers grate over the sheer volume of rules they have to deal with. Truckers even have to pass special physical exams to stay on the road.

But those in Texas with experience in dealing with vehicle accidents know there are good reasons why those rules are in place. The biggest one is that when a semitrailer truck is involved in an accident it can result in debilitating victim injuries. Most of the time it's not the trucker who is hurt, but individuals in smaller personal vehicles. And so truckers face strict rules -- the goal being to reduce the chances of a tragedy occurring.

Economic pressures, though, can drive some people to try to get around some of those rules and restrictions. We highlighted this in a post back in August, in which we noted authorities had brought criminal charges in connection with an alleged scheme to help hundreds of people cheat on their commercial driver's license exams.

More recently, there was a story about a Georgia trucker who got himself banned from interstate hauling. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took that action after finding that he had lied about his medical history in order to stay behind the wheel. Months earlier, he had been in a collision because of health issues.

No one was hurt in that situation, fortunately. But such actions serve to show there are reckless and negligent drivers out there. When they cause accidents that leave others injured, they deserve to be held to account.

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