Okay, folks, time for that weekly self-regulation of the trucking world we call “What The Cluck!!!” This time we goto Houston, Texas, where a Chevy Tahoe driven by an unnamed motorist swerved to avoid a van “parked on the freeway.” The Tahoe then hit a Kenworth truck, after which a Peterbilt driven by Pablo Isai Frias impacted the Tahoe, killing its female driver.
Police investigators found Frias to be intoxicated and he was subsequently arrested. He was charged with “intoxication manslaughter” and appeared in probable cause court. He is currently held on a $100,000 bond and if released, he cannot drive without the court’s permission and the vehicle must be fitted with an alcohol detection device.
It’s incidents like this that give the driver fleet as a whole a bad name. It adds fuel to the fire for remote driving automation, more invasion of privacy by cameras, the above alcohol detection devices already being tested by Schneider, and more “education” by law enforcement.
It seems we have a lot more work to do separating the chaff from the wheat and getting the word out that trucking is a profession and only professional drivers need apply. If you must have that drink, you may want to seek professional help.
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