One area truck driver may not be passing though Mojave anytime soon, because
the federal government declared him to be a roadway hazard.
When the driver was arrested for DUI in Illinois, he allegedly had a .31
BAC, which is almost seven times the legal limit. In issuing the order
not to drive, the Federal Motor Carrier Association noted that the man
had two other prior alcohol-related driving violations in Connecticut
and one in Massachusetts.
The driver is “is unwilling or unable to cease operating a commercial
motor vehicle while using alcohol,” according to the
FMCSA SMS Scores
This man’s dilemma is no laughing matter. Rather, it serves as an
important reminder about how much power the FMCSA wields. Any agency that
can take away your livelihood with the stroke of a pen is not to be trifled
with. Government watchdogs are not the only entities that keep a close eye on
SMS safety scores. Insurance companies rely on them as well, to determine policy risk and,
therefore, policy cost.
SMS scores cover a wide range of activities, including:
Alcohol: The government also monitors infractions related to prescription drugs
and other controlled substances.
Unsafe Driving: This category includes almost all moving violations, like speeding and
unsafe lane changes.
Driver Fitness: Most states have very strict rules regarding hours of service and mandatory
Crashes: Just because you are faulted for a crash does not mean that you are legally liable.
Safety incidents in other states are considered alongside California violations.
Many times, negative reports are essentially recordkeeping violations,
especially in areas like log books. The FMCSA has been known to revise
scores even if information is turned over late, because SMS scores are
designed to improve safety and not punish drivers.
The FMCSA generally uses law enforcement data to compile the scores. This
information is sometimes
inaccurate; for example, even if a driver takes care of a fix-it ticket, the infraction
may still show up on the SMS report. An attorney can help ensure that
your score is accurate, which helps keep more money in your pocket.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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