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Trucker who crashed truck while drunk, changing pants shut down by FMCSA

Allen R. Johnson Sr. told Vermont State Police after the Nov. 2 accident that he had set the cruise control on the truck to 63 miles per hour, then stood up to change his pants. A report from the state indicated Johnson’s blood alcohol content was .209, approximately five times the legal limit for truck drivers.

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FMCSA gives $1M to train military vets to become truckers

Seven technical and community colleges across the U.S. were awarded a combined total of nearly $1 million in grants from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help train military veterans and their families for jobs as truck drivers.

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Trucker shut down by FMCSA after testing positive for meth and causing severe crash

A Utah-based driver has been effectively shut down by FMCSA for failing to complete the return-to-duty process after failing a drug test, but still attempting to operate. He was involved in a bad crash last month.

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FMCSA officially has new boss as Senate confirms Darling to head agency

The U.S. Senate on July 14 confirmed by voice vote T.F. Scott Darling as the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Daring has run the agency on an interim basis since the August 2014 departure of Anne Ferro.

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FMCSA raises fines for some violations, lowers fines for others

The fines for violations of federal safety regulations underwent a makeover this year during the adjustment for inflation process. Some fines are higher than previous years, and some are lower, as FMCSA made the adjustments based on a new law passed by Congress in 2015.

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FMCSA shuts down trucker following alcohol-involved crash that killed two, injured two others

On March 18, Weddle’s trailer crossed over the centerline of the highway, tipped over and began scattering its load of lumber across the highway, resulting in two deaths. Weddle was traveling about 80 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, FMCSA says, and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

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FMCSA shuts down seven-truck carrier for numerous safety violations

According to FMCSA, safety inspections were conducted on six of the company’s seven trucks, and out-of-service violations were found in all six trucks.

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FMCSA removes New York chiropractors from trucker medical examiner registry

The New York State Board of Chiropractic notified the doctors in September 2015 that under their authorized scope of practice, chiropractors licensed in New York weren’t authorized to conduct DOT physicals.

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Ky.-based driver shut down after failed field sobriety test, other violations

The officer found in the truck cab a gallon jug of beer, along with drug paraphernalia, including a smoking pipe. A field sobriety test was conducted, which the driver failed. He also had unauthorized passengers in the vehicle.

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Publication date for CDL clearinghouse rule pushed back again

The projected publication date for the looming Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse was pushed back 13 days from August 16 to August 29.

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