Sharing the Road With Big Rigs

The state has ordered two of the trucks temporarily out of service.

One, two, three strikes in Tallahassee Thursday as three different rigs flipped over spilling their loads into the street. It makes motorist Lisa Russell nervous.

Lisa says, "Sometimes when they're going past you, their cargo is actually moving and you're very frightened whether it's going to fall or you don't know what's going to happen."

The driver of one truck was issued a Sheriff's Department citation for having faulty equipment. The driver of another one was cited for careless driving, and the investigation is still underway in this logjam on Thomasville Road.

OFC David McCranie of the Tallahassee Police Department, says, "We have to look through their records, check to make sure that the vehicle itself is in proper equipment repair and so forth, so it takes a little longer to check all those things."

In addition to the possibility of citations, truck drivers or their rigs can be ordered out of service by the DOT, and the state can suspend their driving privileges more quickly than a regular motorist who's involved in a crash.

MAJ Ken Carr of the FL DOT says, "And there's a longer period of time in which a driver would be disqualified from driving. It varies depending on the number of citations they have."

Some motorists complain big rigs rule the road, and dispute the checks in place aren't policed for dangerous driving, speeding and tailgating quite like the rest of us.

A check of state law shows if a commercial driver has two serious traffic offenses within a three-year span, he or she can lose license for up to 60 days. Three in a three-year span, up to 120 days, and certain offenses like driving a commercial vehicle drunk, demand revocation for a year.


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