FMCSA places Georgia trucker out of service

A truck driver from Georgia has been placed out of service following two substance-related incidents last year, including an accident in November.

Out of service - trucks parkedThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesday said it has declared Christopher M. Speyrer “to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.” He was served the federal order March 10.

The FMCSA’s statement said:

“On October 16, 2016, Speyrer, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, placed an emergency call for medical assistance from his parked tractor-trailer located at a truck stop in Greenwood, Louisiana. En route to the nearby hospital, Spreyrer admitted to the ambulance personnel that he had been using a Schedule II controlled substance, which use is prohibited by federal safety regulations.

“Speyrer further claimed to the ambulance staff that he had been using the same Schedule II controlled substance, and consequently, had not slept for the previous five days.

“Speyrer, instead, continued to operate a tractor-trailer.

“On November 20, 2016, while operating a truck along Interstate 64 in Henrico County, Virginia, Speyrer was responsible for a multi-vehicle chain-reaction crash when he struck the rear of a car that had stopped due to traffic conditions. A Virginia court subsequently found Speyrer guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.”

The FMCSA add that Speyrer’s continued operation of a commercial motor vehicle “ … substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”

Speyrer also may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by FMCSA for his violation of the agency’s safety regulations.