Truck Driver 4 Times the Legal Limit When Charged With DUI
February 1st, 2012|
February 1, 2012
State troopers in New York were able to stop an accident before it happened when they arrested a drunken tractor-trailer driver. According to reports from ABC 10 News, the driver was more than four times the legal blood alcohol content when he was stopped Sunday afternoon on New York’s Thruway.
Reports say that troopers began receiving calls of a truck driving erratically down the highway at around 6:00 PM. They were able to catch up with the driver in the northbound lanes of I-87, near exit 22 for the town of Bethlehem. The 46-year-old driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Testing would later prove that the truck driver’s blood alcohol content was .35 percent, well above the .08 percent legal limit.
No one was injured in this situation, but it may be an exception to the rule. In fact, the US Department of Transportation estimates that there are as many as 500,000 accidents per year in the United States that involve tractor-trailers. Many of the accidents happen because of the physical condition of the driver. Fatigue is the leading cause of truck driving accidents, closely followed by drugs, alcohol, and distractions.