To prevent truck crashes due to substance use:

  • Employers should implement and enforce a policy that prohibits commercial drivers who are ill or taking over-the-counter medications with potential side effects for impaired driving from operating a commercial vehicle.
  • Employers should implement and enforce a “reasonable suspicion” drug testing policy if a driver is suspected to be under the influence of drugs.
  • Companies should conduct comprehensive new-hire prescreening and after-hire random drug testing for substance abuse.
  • A nationwide data- base containing a record of all commercial driver positive drug tests in the last two years should be developed.

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Published in Haz Alert, v. 6, issue 2.