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Truck Drivers and Drug and Alcohol Testing

Large trucks cause more damage in accidents than smaller passenger cars, and, sadly, drug and alcohol use is responsible for many truck crashes each year.

The number of intoxicated truck drivers involved in fatal accidents increased between 2014 and 2015, according to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The Department of Transportation requires laboratory testing for cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, PCP, opiates, and marijuana.  They require drug testing before employment, throughout the year, after a serious accident, or upon reasonable suspicion of impairment.

Employers can also implement their own drug testing policies to increase road safety for all drivers.