FMCSA declares Idaho commercial driver ‘imminent hazard’

An Idaho commercial driver’s “blatant violations and disregard for the safety of the motoring public” prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue an imminent hazard out-of-service order.

The order, served on Feb. 8, declared Shane R. Warr to be an imminent hazard to public safety, according to the FMCSA.

On Feb. 3, Warr was operating a semi-truck on Interstate 15 in Pocatello, Idaho, when it crossed over the median striking two passenger vehicles — with one of the drivers transported to the hospital.

Two breathalyzer tests administered to Warr by Idaho State Police at the scene of the crash, minutes apart, showed a breath alcohol concentration of 0.132 and 0.124, respectively. Operating a commercial vehicle requiring a CDL and possessing an alcohol concentration of greater than 0.04 is a violation of federal safety regulations. 

Warr has been charged by the state of Idaho with the felony offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. He has also been charged with two misdemeanors: possession of an open container, and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

Warr was convicted in Idaho for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2016 and had his license suspended for one year, according to FMCSA. Warr is barred from operating a commercial motor vehicle until he successfully completes the statutorily required return-to-duty process overseen by a Substance Abuse Professional.

Failing to comply with the provisions of the federal imminent hazard order may result in civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation. Violations also may result in criminal penalties.

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