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FMCSA shuts down Georgia trucking company after fatal collision

Keep On Trucking, LLC was recently ordered to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations following a federal investigation into a fatal freeway accident allegedly caused by one of the company’s co-owners.

   A Decatur, Ga.-based freight shipping and trucking company has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to cease all operations following a fatal freeway accident allegedly caused by one of the company’s co-owners.
   Keep On Trucking, LLC was directed to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations last week after a federal investigation found the company to pose “an imminent hazard to public safety,” the FMCSA said. Keep On Trucking, which transports general freight, was served the federal order on Nov. 2.
   The order, according to the FMCSA, was in response to an accident this past summer that left one person dead and another badly hurt.
   On Aug. 11, a Keep On Trucking truck operated by company co-owner Dwight Anthony Preddie traveling on Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County, Va., failed to reduce speed from an estimated 63 MPH as it approached and entered a construction work zone, the FMCSA said. Preddie’s truck collided into the rear of a Jeep Grand Cherokee estimated to be traveling at 5 MPH. The driver of the Jeep was killed and a passenger was critically injured when the Jeep was pushed into the rear of a stopped tractor-trailer.
   Preddie was subsequently charged by Virginia State Police with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle. The police investigation also found that Preddie, at the time of the crash, to be in violation of federal hours-of-service regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving.
   FMCSA safety investigators’ post-crash investigation also found the company to be in violation of multiple federal safety statutes and regulations, including failing to comply with driver qualification requirements, including ensuring that its drivers were properly licensed and physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
   Other violations included failing to properly monitor its drivers to ensure compliance with maximum hours-of-service requirements for drivers; failing to properly monitor its drivers to ensure the safe operation of the company’s commercial vehicles; and failing to ensure that its vehicles were regularly inspected, maintained, repaired and met minimum safety standards.
   Keep On Trucking officials, according to the FMCSA, could not produce any driver qualification file with the requisite employment application, medical certificate, driver road test certificate, state motor vehicle record, prior employer inquiry or record of violations.
   Records reviewed by FMCSA investigators found that the company had in the past year allowed its drivers to operate without a valid driver’s license, or with a suspended license, or without possessing a valid medical certificate.
   During the past year, records show that Keep On Trucking drivers have been cited for numerous violations, including reckless driving, failing to obey traffic control devices and failing to use a safety belt as required by federal regulations.
   Additionally over the past 12 months, Keep On Trucking vehicles have been cited at roadside safety inspections for inoperable or defective brakes, broken or missing axle position components, inoperable lights, damaged windshields and battery installation deficiencies.
   The FMCSA said that during its investigation, Keep On Trucking officials couldn’t produce required maintenance files or records, including copies of roadside inspections or vehicle repair receipts showing that vehicle out-of-service defects had been repaired.
   “Keep On Trucking may be assessed civil penalties of up to $25,705 for each violation of the out-of-service order,” the FMCSA said in a statement. “The carrier may also be assessed civil penalties of not less than $10,282 for providing transportation requiring federal operating authority registration and up to $14,502 for operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce without necessary USDOT registration.
   If violations are determined to be willful, criminal penalties may be imposed, including a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for a term not to exceed one year. Civil penalties for the safety violations discovered during the investigation are also being considered and could be referred for criminal prosecution, the FMCSA said.

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