Truckers Arrested For DUI, Heroin and Meth Possession During Surprise ‘Safety Checks’
Bryan County, GA – A surprise enforcement blitz at two Georgia weigh stations last week resulted in multiple arrests and more than a dozen truckers being placed out-of-service (OOS).
Georgia authorities continue to ramp up enforcement on commercial motor vehicles (CMV).
In the last few months, officers with Georgia Department of Public Safety’s (GaDPS) Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) have conducted numerous multi-day CMV crackdowns and surprise blitzes.
On April 29, MCCD Region 7 held “safety checks” on Interstate 16 at the westbound Bryan County weigh station and at the I-95 southbound weigh station with the assistance of Georgia State Patrol Troop I, Nighthawks and multiple local agencies.
GaDPS reported a total of six drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol.
In addition, five CMV drivers were arrested for “having felony warrants along with 67 grams of meth and approximately four grams of heroin were recovered,” GaDPS said.
Authorities also placed 13 drivers and one vehicle OOS.
These arrests are the latest in a series of troubling results from the increased enforcement efforts in Georgia.
Last month at the I-85 northbound weigh station, GaDPS reported six CMV drivers were also arrested for DUI of either drugs or alcohol with a total of 11 drivers placed OOS.
In February, three truck drivers were arrested on DUI during an unannounced field sobriety enforcement operation at a weigh station on I-75 in Monroe County.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse reported more than 56,000 violations from CMV drivers last year.
A December 2020 Clearinghouse report indicated that during the first year of the program more than 4.2 million queries were conducted resulting in 56,150 violations from 51,998 drivers.
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