Presented are resources, facts and relevant publications chosen to ensure judges have up-to-date information on the commercial motor vehicle world.


Something for Jamie

This video was produced by the Idaho State Police Multimedia Group, 1997. In November 1994, four-year-old Jamie Lee Burke of Shepherdsville, Ky., was killed when a 31-metric-ton dump truck crashed into the back of the car in which Jamie was riding. The driver of the dump truck was legally drunk, and he smashed into the car, which was stopped at a red light, without even touching his brakes. A blood-alcohol test taken two hours after the crash indicated that the alcohol level in the driver’s blood still exceeded the legal limit.

Police Officer Allegedly Killed by Distracted Truck Driver

Arizona Department of Public Safety officer Tim Huffman was killed on May 6 when Juan Espinoza drove his empty fuel tanker down Interstate 8 highway at 65 miles an hour and plowed into three police cars and two fire trucks that were responding to a roadside accident. Video of the incident shows Espinoza at the wheel of the 18-wheeler at 5:00 p.m., but his wallet was blocking the view of the dash camera that was pointed at him. According to documents from the investigation, police say the 33-year-old trucker intentionally placed his wallet there to block the camera while he was “looking at or manipulating his phone.”

Fact Sheets


Human Trafficking

Every year in the United States, thousands of human trafficking cases are reported. Unfortunately, many go unnoticed. Human trafficking is the illegal exploitation of a person and can be a highly profitable crime. Sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude are different types of human trafficking. Truck stops, hotel rooms, rest areas and street corners are just a few of the places where victims are forced to engage in sex acts for money.

FMCSA Reiterates its Ban on Medical Marijuana

FMCSA continues to respond to questions regarding the spread of acceptance of the use of medical marijuana through the United States. On October 22, 2009, The Department of Transportation issued the following statement:

The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40, at 40.151(e) – does not authorize “medical marijuana” under a state law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test result.

Specifically, Section § 40.151 states:

Q. What are Medical Review Officers (MROs) prohibited from doing as part of the verification process?

A.   As an MRO, you are prohibited from doing the following as part of the verification process:

(e) You must not verify a test negative based on information that a physician recommended that the employee use a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. (e.g., under a state law that purports to authorize such recommendations, such as the “medical marijuana” laws that some states have adopted.)

All State administrative and enforcement personnel are reminded that under no circumstances can a CMV driver operate a CMV while using marijuana, impaired by marijuana, or have marijuana in their system.

Foreign CMV Drivers in the U.S.

Q: “What documents does a foreign CMV driver need to drive legally in the United States? Is an international driver’s license honored in the United States?

A: “An international driver’s license is not really a driver’s license. It is a translation of the information on the driver’s foreign license to the language of the country the foreign driver intends to drive. It aids in roadside enforcement, but it must be accompanied by the driver’s foreign license. By treaty, this is only valid for non-commercial driving.

A foreign driver from other than Mexico or Canada which have reciprocity agreements with the U.S., must obtain a non-domiciled CDL from a U.S. State that issues them in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle that requires a CDL in the U.S..”