Are Commercial Truck Drivers Tested for Drugs and Alcohol?

Motorists should have the expectation that other drivers are operating their vehicle responsibly, and that is especially true when it comes to large commercial trucks weighing in at 80,000 pounds. Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the trucking industry and regularly requires companies to test drivers who would otherwise put other motorists at risk of a truck accident by operating their vehicle impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Last December, the FMCSA announced that it would maintain its 50 percent random drug testing rates through 2015, after the regulatory agency announced continuing high positive test rates for drugs and alcohol. According to the FMCSA, the decision was made in part due to controlled substance lab test results and testing surveys from 2012.

To put this announcement further into perspective, in 2012, the Department of Transportation reported over 97,000 positive tests from commercial vehicle drivers.

Do Regulations Keep Truck Drivers Sober?

Commercial drivers can be drug tested for reasons that include unannounced random testing, reasonable suspicion, before being hired, after an accident and upon returning from a leave of absence. The FMCSA tests for controlled substances, but drivers are also forbidden from drinking alcohol before their shift.

If commercial drivers have a blood alcohol content of above .04, they are considered as driving under the influence and can lose their commercial driver’s license. Fortunately, new FMCSA licensing procedures and databases can make it near impossible for commercial license holders with a history of driving under the influence to find another job in the industry.

Truck accidents are a devastating prospect for unsuspecting motorists, and we encourage survivors to contact Metier Law Firm and find out what options are available to them.

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