People who operate large vehicles, such as semi trucks, fire trucks, buses, and ambulances, must be extremely cautious. Because these vehicles are so large, they can inflict serious injury on other California drivers, and they may even prove fatal. For this reason, people who operate these machines while intoxicated face serious drunk driving charges, and they often lose their jobs as a result.
San Francisco, like many other California cities, expects its firefighters and other public servants to abstain from alcohol use when they’re on the job. However, a San Francisco firefighter may face serious criminal charges for a recent crash in which a motorcycle driver was injured. A San Francisco firefighter had allegedly driven one of the department’s fire trucks while he was under the influence of alcohol. The firefighter apparently drove the fire truck by himself; it is not clear if he was on his way to handle an emergency.