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Federal Government Maintains 50% Drug Testing Rate for Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that it will continue  to maintain a 50% drug testing rate for truckers throughout 2015.

The agency will continue to test workers in positions requiring the utmost safety, such as tractor-trailer and bus drivers. Data from previous lab results motivated the department to keep up the rigorous testing rate. For instance, “reasonable suspicion” positive test rates rose from 5.6 percent in in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011 and over double that to 37.2 percent in 2012. The rate of actual positive drug tests increased from 2011 to 2012, as well. Nearly a quarter of compliance investigations involved serious violations regarding controlled substances and alcohol.

I applaud the FMCSA for approaching trucker safety in such a manner. The fact is, these dangers are present in the trucking industry all the time; authorities need to be vigilant when it comes to testing, monitoring and regulating an industry which can pose such dangers to innocent motorists on our highways and interstates.

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As a Virginia-based truck accident and personal injury attorney, I am aware of the dangers posed by negligent and reckless truck drivers. I also know that if a motorist was injured by a reckless driver through no fault of his or her own, he or she deserves compensation from the individual or the company responsible. If you’ve been injured by a dangerous semi-truck or tractor-trailer driver, you should consider speaking to a personal injury attorney, who will be able to help you recover compensation so that you can get the medical care you deserve.