Drug Testing Policy Continues in 2015

drug%20trucker.jpgIn 2015, trucking companies in Indiana will continue to conduct random drug testing on 50% of their drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that the industry would have to continue applying the 50% random testing rate for driver drug and alcohol tests in 2015. The agency says that it has decided to maintain the 2014 requirement, based on extensive data from the motor carrier industry, drug and alcohol test surveys, and other investigations.

This is good news for Indiana motorists but disappointing to the trucking industry which had been hoping for a reduction of the random drug testing rate set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The industry had specifically been hoping for a reduction of the staggeringly low rate to a 25% sampling. Currently, a number of other transportation sectors including public transport have a 25% drug testing requirement.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s decision to maintain the same level of testing in 2014 is linked to the 4% increase in positive drug test between 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the agency continued to find a significant increase in the number of reasonable suspicion positive test rates. Those rates increased dramatically from 5.6% in 2010 to 15.7% in 2011, and increasing further to 37.2% in 2012. That marks a significant increase over a three-year period, and the federal agency does not believe that it is time to get lenient on its policies on drug and alcohol testing.

The federal agency’s analysis noted substantial testing violations in approximately 24% of recent compliance investigations,. The agency also found an increase in the number of positive drug test results that were reported to the Department of Transportation between 2011 and 2012. The number of positives reported was 95,427 in 2011, and the number had increased to 97,322 a year later.

Random alcohol and drug tests on employees are a requirement for every trucking company. Such random drug tests ensure that intoxicated truck drivers are off the streets. A commercial motor vehicle driver operating a large tractor-trailer under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a death threat to anybody on the highway. Apart from alcohol use, drug use, especially the use of methamphetamines, is a serious problem facing the trucking industry. Truck drivers very often take methamphetamines in order to stay awake for longer periods of time. However, the drivers may suffer from extreme and excessive drowsiness once the effects of the drug to begin to wear off.

Victims involved in a truck accident caused by an intoxicated truck driver are eligible for compensation for damages. Speak to an Indiana trucking accident attorney at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP about filing a claim for compensation after your accident.