James Mosqueda, 51, served two years and eight months in prison following a 1996 arrest for heroin possession in Sacramento County, court records show. His criminal rap sheet stretching back to 1981 includes arrests for burglary, felony drug charges and possession of stolen property, according to the California Department of Corrections and the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.Yet Mosqueda was able to get his commercial truck driver's license because there is nothing in the state's vehicle code that prevents a convicted felon who has served his sentence from working as a truck driver
So there is a legal loophole which lets repeat drug offenders drive tanker trucks which can bring down $millions of infrastructure and kill other people. This might seem ridiculous compared to volunteer coaches at the YMCA which must pay for their own pre-employment background checks even though they are not employees but are volunteering their time. Background checks are required for any teacher, coach, healthcare worker, nanny, or anyone in charge of children or vulnerable adults. A pre-employment background check is very extensive. Pre Employment Screen Background Checks include: Verification of identity, SSN, employment history, education, and address history. Checks State and county criminal records, sexual offender, terrorist watch, credit check, bankruptcy, Federal criminal records, matched by name & birthday.
So why can convicted, repeat drug offenders drive, destroy, and potentially kill with a tanker truck? Does it have anything to do with union lobbyists, company lobbyists, or is it just an innocent loophole in the law? And very importantly, we now have Mexican truckers on US highways. The Mexican drivers may have no criminal records because Mexico does not keep the records, hides them, or is vastly corrupt. Oh! Wait. That does not matter because any convicted criminal can drive trucks on US highways.
I didn’t know that any convicted criminal can drive trucks on US roads! That’s quite scary! Why is the law allowing this? It makes no sense not to impose some rules on convicted criminals (depending on their crimes, of course). Criminal records usually show up even with a free background search so it shouldn’t be hard to identify people’s with priors.