U.S. DOT orders shutdown of California driver over drugs, alcohol

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The nation’s top agency for regulating commercial motor vehicles orders motorcoach and trucking companies out of business regularly for repeat violations and frequent disregard for safety regulations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken a further step of ordering a California man to stop driving commercial vehicles.

According to court documents filed in an out-of-service order by the U.S. Department of Transportation, truck driver Nebyou Brook has been ordered to no longer drive after multiple alcohol and drug incidents within the past year.

“Brook has ignored the drug, alcohol and hours of service prohibitions within the FMCSRs,” the out-of-service order reads. “Brook’s blatant disregard of the FMCSRs and disregard for the safety of the motoring public substantially increase the likelihood of serious injury or death to himself and/or to the motoring public.”
 
Recent incidents include:

In March 2012, Brook was put out of service in Colorado after a state trooper cited him for consuming alcoholic beverages within four hours of driving a commercial vehicle, for 11- and 14-hour driving violations, and for not keeping his logbook up to date.

On Sept. 11, 2012, Brook was placed out of service after a New Mexico state inspector found marijuana and an open alcoholic beverage in Brook’s cab. The next month, a Wisconsin state trooper placed him out of service for not keeping his logbook current.

On Feb. 5, 2013, Brook was pulled over by police in Gary, IN, after his truck drove off of the road, across a parking lot and over concrete parking blocks. He was arrested after a sobriety test showed his blood alcohol content to be .18 percent. Police said Brook had a white substance around his lips as well as five prescription medication bottles and an open and still cold alcoholic beverage in his truck cab. Brook couldn’t tell police where his keys or logbook were, or where he was coming from or going to, court documents state.

“A CMV driver’s blatant disregard for public safety will not be tolerated,” FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said, according to a news release. “Our agency is committed to raising the bar for commercial vehicle and driver safety, and we will remain diligent in removing negligent carriers and drivers from the roads.”
 
The out-of-service order can be read here.

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