Big rig driver charged with DUI-drugs

Big rig driver charged with DUI-drugs

There are 23 comments on the Calhoun Times story from Sep 5, 2010, titled Big rig driver charged with DUI-drugs. In it, Calhoun Times reports that:

When two tractor-trailer truck drivers noticed another big-rig driver weaving across three lanes of traffic on I-75 northbound Saturday morning, they stayed on the phone with Gordon County 911 dispatchers and used their own rigs to try and shield other holiday weekend drivers, authorities said.

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guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#1 Sep 6, 2010
makes you wonder, do these trucking companys (like cardinal logist) screen and do a criminal background check on all company employee drivers and owner operators?

i was looking on cardinal website just the other day. they claim to be the most safest carrier in business and that they are family owned and operated. they claim in the advertisement to customers that they hire only the safest drivers with extensive background checks.

wow! looks like anybody could get a job there!
do they hire felons?

“Just here”

Since: Nov 07

USA

#2 Sep 6, 2010
guest185 wrote:
makes you wonder, do these trucking companys (like cardinal logist) screen and do a criminal background check on all company employee drivers and owner operators?
i was looking on cardinal website just the other day. they claim to be the most safest carrier in business and that they are family owned and operated. they claim in the advertisement to customers that they hire only the safest drivers with extensive background checks.
wow! looks like anybody could get a job there!
do they hire felons?
What does it matter if they hire felons? Not all felons are repeat offenders, you know. I believe that this guy does need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He needs his CDLs pulled also, but there is a such thing as a first offender.
guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#3 Sep 6, 2010
gorditaperobonita_802007 wrote:
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What does it matter if they hire felons? Not all felons are repeat offenders, you know. I believe that this guy does need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He needs his CDLs pulled also, but there is a such thing as a first offender.
oh it really does not matter,or should it matter? except the fact that felons driving big trucks are the ones most likley to be out there speeding, tailgating cars, doing drugs, selling drugs,ect.

thats why most reputable companys will not hire a felon as a company driver or an owner operator. also in most cases when they are involved in an accident, their background record always shows some type of previous criminal history.

i dont want a convicted felon driving a big truck thru my hometown, and neither does the american trucking association, public citizen association, mothers against unsafe truckers association, or truck saftey advocates, or the insurance companys insuring the motor carrier.
ejecto

Gainesville, GA

#4 Sep 7, 2010
There are plenty of good people who have make a mistake in the past. This does not make a person inclined to speed, tailgate, etc.
Once a person has paid his or her debt to society, they should be given a chance to be productive citizens.
guest185: what would you do? Put them all in a penal colony? Stone them, Iran style?
If these people are not hired for decent jobs and were ostracized by society, what choices would they have? They would be forced to steal, deal drugs, or do other illegal things to survive.
guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#5 Sep 7, 2010
ejecto wrote:
There are plenty of good people who have make a mistake in the past. This does not make a person inclined to speed, tailgate, etc.
Once a person has paid his or her debt to society, they should be given a chance to be productive citizens.
guest185: what would you do? Put them all in a penal colony? Stone them, Iran style?
If these people are not hired for decent jobs and were ostracized by society, what choices would they have? They would be forced to steal, deal drugs, or do other illegal things to survive.
there was a woman from the washington dc office lobbying group "mothers against unsafe truckers" (truck saftey advocates) that quoted: let them go get a job at taco bell. we had rather have our chicken taco folded the wrong way rather than our children and family members dead on the highways due to an unsafe convicted felon trucker.

i agree, except i would like to add an unsafe trucker in general (does not need to be on our nations highways) whether or not that individual is a convicted felon or not. after being cited for more than 2 speeding tickets per year, they should be removed from the industry!

there are to many citizens that are being killed by unsafe truckers. accordining to the national highway traffic saftey administration, there are on average 5000 us citizens killed by unsafe truckers every year. this should not be happening!
ejecto

Gainesville, GA

#6 Sep 7, 2010
guest185: Ever apply for a CDL license or know someone who did? Drivers who operate the big rigs must meet much higher standards than those of us driving cars and pickups. CDL drivers must pass stringent testing, background research, DOT physicals and random drug tests. Statistically, CDL drivers are by far the safest drivers on the road. The few bad apples who "fall through the cracks" are but a very tiny fraction of the many thousands of CDL drivers out there. The vast majority of CDL drivers, felons or not, are safe and responsible.
By the way, the "Mothers Against Unsafe Truckers" you quote had two hits on Google: An obscure reference 4 years old and this very post! They are obviously out of business and it's doubtful that they had any true credibility to start with.
Higher standards should be applied to drivers with standard licenses. To renew a regular license here in Georgia, no eye test is needed and anyone, even people of super-advanced age, can renew by mail. What a joke!
The majority of accidents involving big trucks are caused by incompetent untested drivers in cars and pickups.
If you want safer roads, quit picking on people without perfect lives and go after ALL incompetent drivers!
hmmm

Summerville, GA

#7 Sep 8, 2010
I believe that someone with a felony charge shouldnt be able to drive a truck. They mad the mistake of doing drugs. There is a consequence for every action. Some consequences are bigger than others. Whether they are habitual violaters or not, they still shouldn't be able to get their CDLs. Who knows that they aren't habitual violaters if they've only got one charge. Maybe they just haven't gotten caught a second time. Yes there are a lot of incompetent drivers in regular vehicles, but big rigs are way more deadly than regular vehicles. You can't always stop someone who doesn't have their licenses from driving, but they can be stopped from driving a big rig. It has to start somewhere. and I agree with ejecto on the renewing of the licenses, there should be higher standards.

“Just here”

Since: Nov 07

USA

#8 Sep 8, 2010
hmmm wrote:
I believe that someone with a felony charge shouldnt be able to drive a truck. They mad the mistake of doing drugs. There is a consequence for every action. Some consequences are bigger than others. Whether they are habitual violaters or not, they still shouldn't be able to get their CDLs. Who knows that they aren't habitual violaters if they've only got one charge. Maybe they just haven't gotten caught a second time. Yes there are a lot of incompetent drivers in regular vehicles, but big rigs are way more deadly than regular vehicles. You can't always stop someone who doesn't have their licenses from driving, but they can be stopped from driving a big rig. It has to start somewhere. and I agree with ejecto on the renewing of the licenses, there should be higher standards.
Just because they are convicted felons, doesn't mean that they went for drugs or are going to sell or do drugs while driving.

“Just here”

Since: Nov 07

USA

#9 Sep 8, 2010
guest185 wrote:
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oh it really does not matter,or should it matter? except the fact that felons driving big trucks are the ones most likley to be out there speeding, tailgating cars, doing drugs, selling drugs,ect.
thats why most reputable companys will not hire a felon as a company driver or an owner operator. also in most cases when they are involved in an accident, their background record always shows some type of previous criminal history.
i dont want a convicted felon driving a big truck thru my hometown, and neither does the american trucking association, public citizen association, mothers against unsafe truckers association, or truck saftey advocates, or the insurance companys insuring the motor carrier.
No. It shouldn't matter. Not all convicted felons speed, tailgate, or do drugs. I believe that they deserve a second chance out here. If their crime wasn't bad enough to stay in jail for life, then what is the big deal? These trucks are not just the big problem, it is these small motorists who we need to be out watch for. Most of them seem to want to tempt big rigs. Have you ever been on the interstate? Most of the time it is the motorist of a small vehicle that starts an accident with the big rigs. Like I said before, there is this such thing as a first offender.
guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#10 Sep 9, 2010
hmmm wrote:
I believe that someone with a felony charge shouldnt be able to drive a truck. They mad the mistake of doing drugs. There is a consequence for every action. Some consequences are bigger than others. Whether they are habitual violaters or not, they still shouldn't be able to get their CDLs. Who knows that they aren't habitual violaters if they've only got one charge. Maybe they just haven't gotten caught a second time. Yes there are a lot of incompetent drivers in regular vehicles, but big rigs are way more deadly than regular vehicles. You can't always stop someone who doesn't have their licenses from driving, but they can be stopped from driving a big rig. It has to start somewhere. and I agree with ejecto on the renewing of the licenses, there should be higher standards.
""a men brother" , trucks are dangerous, and so are a majority of the ones who operate them causing fatality accidents among people in cars. there are too many "bad attitude truckers" out there

next time you get into your car , drive down the interstate ,or most any us highway or paved road: how long are you usually out there driving before you can notice a big truck breaking the law? what maybe less than 4 minutes? i see it all the time. examples: big trucks speeding, following too close, parked on the shoulder of the interstate with no flashers, driving down the highway with a missing mud flap, traveling too fast in the rain, tailgating in the rain,ect.

and these guys (super trucker know it alls)wonder why the DOT, state police, weigh stations, and county police harass them all the time. they also wonder why the FMCSA has adopted the CSA2010 rule.
hmmm

Summerville, GA

#11 Sep 9, 2010
gorditaperobonita_802007 wrote:
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Just because they are convicted felons, doesn't mean that they went for drugs or are going to sell or do drugs while driving.
Hun... That's why in te second sentence I sid made the mistake of doing drugs. And as I said to the first offenders thing, oh well, tough shit, shouldn't have done it!
Huh

Kennesaw, GA

#12 Sep 10, 2010
Geez what a bucnh of primadonas..Have you never received a second chance? Thank God my fate was not in your hands! I had a felony charge and conviction as a result of my choice to use drugs, which led to a serious addiction.
I went to treatment, turned my life around, have 13 years clean and without anymore problems with the law. I earn low 6 figures at a very good job that I have had over 10 years.
Again, thank God everyone is not so judgemental.

“Just here”

Since: Nov 07

USA

#13 Sep 10, 2010
Huh wrote:
Geez what a bucnh of primadonas..Have you never received a second chance? Thank God my fate was not in your hands! I had a felony charge and conviction as a result of my choice to use drugs, which led to a serious addiction.
I went to treatment, turned my life around, have 13 years clean and without anymore problems with the law. I earn low 6 figures at a very good job that I have had over 10 years.
Again, thank God everyone is not so judgemental.
That is very good for you. Congratulations! I believe that everyone deserves a second chance also.
jboy

Keller, TX

#14 Sep 14, 2010
you can get a felony by writting a hot check
hmmm

Chatsworth, GA

#15 Sep 14, 2010
I belive in second chances to a certain extent. When it coms to peoples' lives then no. Sorry. I'm dealing with consequences from stuff that I've done in the past. Don't like it but I am. It's life.
Truckers

Dalton, GA

#16 Sep 15, 2010
My issue with big rig drivers is when a personal vehicle is coming down the exit ramp to merge onto the Interstate the Rigs won't get over out of the right MERGE LANE and let us merge. even when the lane next to them is empty and they COULD and SHOULD move over to let us merge they won"t I have actually seen them laughing as i have to STOP until they go by and I can safely merge. yes i know they are not allowed in the far left lane but when merging into a 4-5 lane Highway and they wanna be charming and not move over for you even when they can is power hungry and should be fined for being a jerk.
Cool Heads Should Prevail

Chilliwack, Canada

#17 Sep 15, 2010
guest185 - You're the type of jerk that only highlights bad things instead of good. What about the two truckers that shielded other travellers??? Are they as bad as the impaired driver?? You're a jerk on sooo many levels, there are not enough idiot icons to attach to your statements. Go back to putting your head up your butt.
guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#18 Sep 16, 2010
Cool Heads Should Prevail wrote:
guest185 - You're the type of jerk that only highlights bad things instead of good. What about the two truckers that shielded other travellers??? Are they as bad as the impaired driver?? You're a jerk on sooo many levels, there are not enough idiot icons to attach to your statements. Go back to putting your head up your butt.
shut up you punk ! i know what im talking about, i know what i witness out on the highway every day! a bunch of bad apple truckers! CSA2010 will help eliminate most of them! our highways will be safer!
guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#19 Sep 16, 2010
Truckers wrote:
My issue with big rig drivers is when a personal vehicle is coming down the exit ramp to merge onto the Interstate the Rigs won't get over out of the right MERGE LANE and let us merge. even when the lane next to them is empty and they COULD and SHOULD move over to let us merge they won"t I have actually seen them laughing as i have to STOP until they go by and I can safely merge. yes i know they are not allowed in the far left lane but when merging into a 4-5 lane Highway and they wanna be charming and not move over for you even when they can is power hungry and should be fined for being a jerk.
a men brother!

maybe this new CSA2010 rule will eliminate 90% of the bad apples! then only safe drivers like me and you would be out there moving freight on our nation's highways in a safe manor, with respect for each other ,and respect for the lives of people driving cars.

hey this november 2010, the new rule (CSA2010) will be in full enforcement from all 48 states! i cant wait to see these bad apples off the road, along with their outlaw trucking companies!

congradulations "mothers against tired truckers" i am so proud of your efforts in lobbying our government to come up with ways to make our highways safer. i would like to thank you. i am in full agreement with your movement. lets get these bad apples off our highways! the ones (truckers) causing accidents killing people!

also i would like to thank the FMCSA for adopting the CS2010 rule!
guest185

Olive Branch, MS

#20 Sep 16, 2010
ejecto wrote:
guest185: Ever apply for a CDL license or know someone who did? Drivers who operate the big rigs must meet much higher standards than those of us driving cars and pickups. CDL drivers must pass stringent testing, background research, DOT physicals and random drug tests. Statistically, CDL drivers are by far the safest drivers on the road. The few bad apples who "fall through the cracks" are but a very tiny fraction of the many thousands of CDL drivers out there. The vast majority of CDL drivers, felons or not, are safe and responsible.
By the way, the "Mothers Against Unsafe Truckers" you quote had two hits on Google: An obscure reference 4 years old and this very post! They are obviously out of business and it's doubtful that they had any true credibility to start with.
Higher standards should be applied to drivers with standard licenses. To renew a regular license here in Georgia, no eye test is needed and anyone, even people of super-advanced age, can renew by mail. What a joke!
The majority of accidents involving big trucks are caused by incompetent untested drivers in cars and pickups.
If you want safer roads, quit picking on people without perfect lives and go after ALL incompetent drivers!
ummmm, are you a felon? just wondered, you sure are taking up for felons. are you out there driving a truck? the guilty dog always barks first and loudest you know.

please give me a reliable data source supporting your statement/opinion of incompetent 4 wheelers causing most of the truck/car accidents? was it just a super trucker opinion?

i get my big truck vs car crash data from the FMCSA/ DOT/ and the NHTSA, and the NTSB. do you know what any of these government regulating agencies are? do you just throw out super trucker want to make everybody believe opinions?

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