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FMCSA Declares Georgia Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Georgia-licensed truck driver Robert Lee Turner to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  Turner was served the federal order on March 25, 2015.

“Commercial drivers should have no doubt that we will vigorously enforce all federal safety regulations to the fullest extent possible by law,” said FMCSA Chief Counsel Scott Darling.  “FMCSA is committed to raising the bar for commercial vehicle safety, and we will remain vigilant in removing unsafe truck and bus drivers from our roadways.”

FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order for Turner is based on his violation of federal safety regulations. On March 2, 2015, Turner, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a truck within the Port of Savannah when his vehicle struck a Georgia Port Authority Police Officer, causing serious bodily harm.  Turner was subsequently arrested and charged by the Georgia State Patrol with driving under the influence of controlled substances.  In a post-accident controlled substances test, Turner tested positive for cocaine. 

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