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Truck driver taken off the road after another DUI

Accidents involving big rigs injure many Texas road users every year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial vehicles are properly maintained and driven safely, and sanctioning drivers who ignore regulations or violate traffic laws is an important part of the work it does. When these infractions are particularly serious, the FMCSA issues what are known as shutdown orders against truck drivers or their employers. These orders are issued when truck drivers or logistics companies are thought to pose an imminent threat to the public.

A commercial vehicle driver from California was issued such an order on March 25 after being cited for drunk driving for the fourth time. Police in Illinois say that they pulled the man's truck over on March 21 after noticing that the vehicle was being driven erratically, and a subsequent toxicology test is said to have discovered the man's blood alcohol level to be .308 percent. This is more than seven times the permitted level for those operating commercial vehicles. The man was also cited for failing to maintain his driver logbook as required by federal regulations.

Prior to the Illinois incident, the man had been convicted on drunk driving charges on three separate occasions. His commercial driver's license was suspended twice in 2012 after he refused to submit to breath tests in Connecticut, and he lost his driving privileges for a year after being convicted of DUI in Massachusetts in 2007.

A tractor-trailer crash can cause serious injuries to others who are involved in the collision, in large part due to the sheer size and weight of this type of vehicle. In the event that the crash was caused by an impaired or otherwise negligent truck driver, victims may want to have legal assistance in pursuing compensation from both the at-fault driver as well as the trucking company.

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