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Results in from FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Sweep

Laura Hosford-Yunker4 years ago

During their annual alcohol and drug inspection, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) removed 287 bus, truck, and commercial vehicle drivers from the road for failing to adhere to federal alcohol and drug regulations.

“All drivers and their passengers deserve to be confident that bus and truck drivers are safe and sober,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Inspections Focused on Drivers and Employers

During the 2012 Drug and Alcohol Inspection Strike Force (April 30-May 11, 2012), federal examiners reviewed the drug and alcohol safety records for drivers employed by a variety of truck and bus companies. The inspection was intended to find drivers who jump from truck to truck to evade federal drug and alcohol inspections, drivers in violation of federal regulations, and employers who allow drivers who test positive for drugs/alcohol to operate commercial vehicles. The task force investigated:

  • Truck drivers and trucking companies
  • Bus drivers and bus companies
  • School bus drivers
  • Interstate passenger carriers
  • Hazardous material transporters
  • General freight long-haul trucking companies

Results of the Drug and Alcohol Task Force Sweep

  • During the investigation, the FMCSA removed 287 unsafe bus and truck drivers from the road.
  • An additional 128 truck and bus companies face enforcement action for alcohol and drug related violations including using a driver who has tested positive for illegal drugs and for not establishing a drug and alcohol testing program.
  • In accordance with regulatory policy, the drivers and carriers will have an opportunity to contest the alleged violations and the amount of the civil penalties.
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