Lethal Santa Cruz Big Rig Crash Put Wheels In Motion For Tough Trucker Law

Jennifer Hodges
October 11, 2018 - 1:42 pm

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SANTA CRUZ — Daniel McGuire, a 25-year old from Santa Cruz, was killed while driving down Highway 17 when a big rig slammed into his car. 

Although the accident occurred four years ago, it sparked the beginning of Daniel’s Law, formally known as SB1236, that imposed tougher licensing rules on truckers. 

“I don’t want anyone else to go through what we went through, I didn’t want Daniel’s loss being in vain, I wanted to make other people safe,” said Gayle Jean, Daniel’s mother.

The new regulation will require commercial truck drivers to complete 15 hours of behind the wheel training, including 10 hours driven on a public road. 

“If you place dangerous, large pieces of machinery in the form of big rigs on our roadways you had better follow the laws which are designed to protect the public,” said McGuire family attorney Robert Allard. 

The legislation had been rejected in 2015 and 2017, opposed by the California Farm Bureau, that complained about costs associated with the bill.

McGuire’s family did not want his demise to go in vain, so they pushed for the legislation.

“It’s about bringing justice to Daniel. He will be smiling down on us, knowing that his death will make a difference to save the lives of other people,” said Doug McGuire, Daniel’s father.

Daniel’s Law, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will be going into effect no later than June 52020.

Written by Arooba Kazmi.