With the demand for truck drivers at an all time high, a CDL certificate is an option for prison inmates looking for a fresh start.
There are many stories of former criminals who found jobs as truckers. After serving incarceration sentences for their crimes, individuals who are granted parole begin looking for work. Some preparing for post-prison employment by earning their CDL while they are still behind bars.
Former-convict truckers will tell you that a driving career gives him a second chance at being productive citizens. But the idea of former inmates as truck drivers is not embraced by everyone. Critics fear that putting ex-cons behind the wheel may endanger others they share the road with, especially if their crimes were related to acts of aggression.
The Houston Chronicle reports that a quarter of truckers who were faulted for accidents in Texas had prior criminal records. Over 14% had committed drug or alcohol offenses before their accidents, and over 10% were felons.
What do you think? Do ex-con truckers pose a menace to others on the road or is it unfair to be suspicious of truck drivers with mistakes in their past who simply want a second chance at life? Let us know in the comments below!!