The U.S. Department of
Justice July 30 announced nine separate indictments against eight truckdrivers,
one trucking company dispatcher and one trucking company, citing hours-of-service
If convicted, each defendant
faces a possible maximum sentence per count of five years in jail, three
years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
The indictments against
all the truckdrivers allege they falsified their daily logs on a "systematic
basis" and exceeded the maximum lawful number of daily driving hours
and on-duty hours without taking the required hours off-duty.
One defendant, Stanley
Waddy Jr., drives for Tapscott Trucking in Thornburg, VA. In addition to
10 counts of making false statements to DOT, the indictment alleges Waddy
caused a six-vehicle fatal crash in 2001 in which marijuana use was involved
and also charges him with one count of using a controlled substance while
on duty and performing a "safety sensitive function."
The other seven indicted
drivers were employees of David Kistler and Grandson Inc., and its successor
company, Ontelaunee Transport Services Inc., Berks County, PA.
The indictment against
the company and its dispatcher, Richard Christman, alleges they "allowed,
encouraged and caused the Ontelaunee truckdrivers to violate federal highway
safety laws by driving more than the maximum lawful number of daily driving
hours and on-duty hours without taking the required hours off-duty."
"We will continue
to prosecute these cases. We have an obligation to enforce safety laws
that are designed to protect the public," Patrick Mechan, U.S. attorney,
Eastern District of Pennsylvania.