A drunk truck driver left dozens of cars damaged, three injured and one dead as he smashed through a police barricade in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The truck driver was operating a freightliner commercial tractor around midnight when he hit a parked car. While no one sustained injuries in the initial truck accident, the trucker did not stop there. A Union County police officer fired a warning round when he spotted the driverā€™s erratic maneuvers. The truck sped off, hit more parked cars and barreled through a police barricade before crashing head-on into a vehicle and coming to a stop.
Police charged the truck driver with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree reckless aggravated assault. Authorities believe the truck driver was intoxicated during this incident.
How to Spot a Drunk Truck Driver
An 80,000-pound truck is already a potential hazard on the road. If you throw drinking and driving into the mix, you have the recipe for a catastrophic traffic accident. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for normal drivers is .08, but is .04 for commercial truck drivers. Unfortunately, the law doesnā€™t always deter truck drivers from drinking, so it is important to look for signs of drunk driving. Signs of drunk driving include:
- Trucks that are drifting in and out of a lane
- Trucks that turn with an overly wide radius
- Particularly slow speeds on the highway
- Aggressively tailgating other vehicles
- Driving the wrong way down streets
- Erratic braking
If you see a semi-truck exhibiting these types of maneuvers on the road, you should stay as far as away from it as possible, pull over and call the police.