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Monday, May 26, 2014

Shared Access to Truck Drivers’ Drug & Alcohol Test Data Make Safer Highways

There is a proposal that would make highways safer here in metro Atlanta – as well as across the nation - and as a personal injury attorney who helps victims of trucking accidents, I’m all for it.

A recent press release issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) described a proposal for a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results for commercial truck and bus drivers. 

The goal of the proposed clearinghouse is to keep dangerous truck drivers off the road who do not pass their drug and alcohol tests.  The clearinghouse would serve as a central location for drug and alcohol testing data, and employers would be required to check the clearinghouse before hiring drivers, as well as annually to ensure drivers have maintained a clean record.  Overall, it would make it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is banned from operating a commercial motor vehicle due to non-compliance with federal drug and alcohol regulations. 

I’ve seen firsthand how truck drivers under the influence can cause devastation on our highways, perpetually altering or ending the lives of innocent motorists.  Cannabis, cocaine and stimulants such as methamphetamines are among the drugs most commonly detected among drivers that test positive for drug use. Leveraging the technology available today to create a more efficient national database that would keep dangerous drivers off the road would be a big step in the right direction. 

If you were involved in a trucking accident and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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