Federal authorities have barred a Kentucky tractor-trailer driver from operating any kind of commercial vehicle outside of Kentucky after uncovering a multitude of serious violations that jeopardized public safety.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Jerry Jasper poses “an imminent threat to public safety” should he continue to operate a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle in interstate commerce.
On Dec. 6, 2017, Mr. Jasper was operating a large commercial truck on State 4 Highway in Rush County, Kansas, when he was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol Officer for a speeding violation. The highway patrolman further inspected Mr. Jasper and his vehicle, finding that Mr. Jasper had been driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Mr. Jasper was licensed in Kentucky to drive a commercial tractor-trailer. In addition to his suspended license, he was also found to be “in violation of multiple hours-of-service regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving,” the FMCSA’s announcement said.
Additionally, the Kansas Highway Patrol Officer found drug paraphernalia in the cab of Mr. Jasper’s tractor-trailer, prompting the officer to arrest him and take him to the Barton County Jail. Mr. Jasper posted bond and released.
On Dec. 8, 2017, just two days after his arrest, Mr. Jasper was driving a tractor-trailer when he was stopped on I-70 in Warren County, Missouri, for a roadside safety inspection. A Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer again found Mr. Jasper driving the commercial truck with a suspended CDL and in violation of multiple hours-of-service regulations.
The FMCSA issued its imminent hazard / out-of-service order to Mr. Jasper on March 19, stating that his continued operation of a commercial tractor-trailer “substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”
The agency added that Mr. Jasper may be subject to a civil penalty for his violations of federal commercial trucking regulations. Further noncompliance with FMCSA orders could result in criminal penalties.