Arkansas-licensed truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety and has been ordered not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced.
According to the FMCSA, Mitchell has been cited with either being under the influence of or in possession of a Schedule I controlled substance during five separate roadside safety inspections within the past nine months. Mitchell was cited in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, the agency said. During these safety inspections, Mitchell was also cited for multiple violations of operating a commercial motor vehicle without a valid CDL, multiple records-of-duty status violations, and an instance of failing to obey a traffic control device.
FMCSA served the order to Mitchell on Dec. 14.
“Your blatant and egregious violations of (federal safety regulations) and drug and alcohol regulations and ongoing and repeated disregard for the safety of the motoring public substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or the motoring public,” FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order to Mitchell stated.
Failure to comply with the provisions of a federal imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for equitable relief and punitive damages. Civil penalties of up to $1,848 may be assessed for each day a commercial motor vehicle is operated in violation of the order. Knowing and/or willful violation of the order may result in criminal penalties.
Mitchell may also be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by FMCSA for his violations of the agency’s safety regulations.
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