FMCSA Sidelines Boozy Trucker

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The FMCSA has declared a California based trucker to be a hazard to public safety for being “unwilling or unable to cease operating a commercial motor vehicle while using alcohol.”

FMCSA: Impaired Driving Record Spans Nearly A Decade

According to the FMCSA, truck driver Yakov Zaverukha has shown a pattern of using alcohol while operating a commercial vehicle since 2007, when he lost his CDL for a year after Massachusetts convicted him on several counts of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

In 2012, Zaverukha refused to take a Breathalyzer test in November and then again in December. His CDL was suspended 8 months for the November infraction and 15 months for the December refusal.

BAC Almost Seven Times The Legal Limit

On March 21, 2016, Illinois State Police pulled over Zaverukha only to discover that his blood alcohol content was 0.308 — close to 7 times the legal limit. Police also found alcohol in his truck.

In addition to the alcohol related violations, Zaverukha reportedly failed to maintain his log books for the past seven days. He was also cited for improper lane usage.

Along with being placed out of service, Zaverukha may also face civil penalty enforcement for violating the FMCSA’s safety regulations.