in the Texas House of Representatives would do away with deferred
adjudication in traffic cases involving commercial drivers, The Dallas Morning News reported.
passed, HB1034 would mean that a commercial driver convicted of
a traffic offense, even if it involves his personal vehicle, would
not be eligible to keep his driving record clean by taking and completing
a driver safety course.
proposal, which would make Texas law compliant with federal motor
carrier safety regulations, could affect the employment opportunities
and insurance availability for more than 772,000 CDL holders, according
to the newspaper.
bill was inspired by the bus crash last summer near Terrell, TX,
that killed the driver, Ernest Carter, and four teen-age church
members from Garland.
investigators have blamed the fatal crash on fatigue and illegal
drug use by Carter, a 51-year-old Dallas man with a long history
of convictions for traffic offenses, theft and drunken driving in
Texas and California, The Morning News reported.
deferred adjudication is typically reserved for first-time offenders,
Carter received it at least three times in Dallas alone. He was
also allowed to attend driver safety schools in Dallas, Coppell
and McLennan County.