The Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano recognize that drunk and drugged driving continues to be a significant problem in the trucking industry. Truckers spend long hours on the road, often at night. This sometimes leads truckers to ingest stimulant type drugs or drink alcohol while behind the wheel. Federal regulations have long required trucking companies to drug and alcohol test employees, but information concerning a truck driver’s refusal to take a test or failure of a drug test has never been compiled in one national database. In turn, there have been several serious accidents involving drivers that had failed drug tests, but employers were unaware of their status due to the localized nature of drug test records.
The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced a final rule calling for the establishment of a national drug and alcohol testing database for commercial truck drivers. The database will contain records for all commercial driver’s license holders who violate the D.O.T.’s drug and alcohol testing regulations. The rule will take effect January 4, 2017, and go into action for employers on January 6. Continue reading →