The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently declared two truck drivers to be imminent hazards to public safety after substance use violations were discovered.
Delaware Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of Alcohol Violations
On July 2, 2021, the FMCSA ordered CMV driver Robert L. Webb out of service in the wake of a June 28, 2021 traffic stop that occurred in Delaware.
The FMCSA says that Webb was stopped in New Castle by a Delaware trooper for a load securement violation.
When the trooper smelled alcohol during the traffic stop, he performed sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer “where it showed a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .254, which is six times the legal limit for commercial motor vehicle operators.”
After searching Webb’s vehicle, troopers also found “an open 12-pack of beer in the sleeper with only two remaining and an opened, still cold, beer outside the box.”
Webb had a previous conviction for driving a commercial motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a BAC at or over .04. from March 2014, according to the FMCSA.
Driver Without CDL Tests Positive For Marijuana, Says FMCSA
On July 6, 2021, the FMCSA issued an out of service order for driver Kalilu Koneh after authorities discovered that he had not held any type of driving license for the past three years and is currently ineligible to obtain one. The FMCSA says that he operated a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce ” in, at least, January, February and June 2021″ and “falsely indicated on his commercial driver application that he possessed a valid driver’s license.”
According to the FMCSA, on June 16, 2021, Koneh was notified that the had tested positive for the marijuana metabolite, which disqualified him from operating any commercial vehicles. The FMCSA says that Koneh continued to drive commercial vehicles in spite of the disqualification.
“Additionally, in January, February, and March 2021, Koneh falsified records of duty status in violation 49 CFR § 395.8(e)(1). On March 12-13, 2021, he operated a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce beyond the 11-hour driving limit and more than 14 hours after coming on duty,” the FMCSA said in a news release.