35% of all truck drivers who die in a truck accident test positive for alcohol or illegal drugs according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Out of this 35%, Alcohol and Marijuana represent 13% , cocaine 9%, amphetamines and methamphetamine’s 7%, other stimulants 5%, PCP and codeine less than 1%.
To reduce these types of accidents the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed the establishment of the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database under the Agency’s administration that will contain controlled substances (drug) and alcohol test result information for the holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). The FMCSA is now accepting comments on the proposal until April 21st. Click here to read the proposal and add your personal comments