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Centralized database aimed at decreasing negligent truck drivers

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When driving alongside a massive tractor trailer, people assume that the truck driver is qualified, trained and has the experience necessary to handle an 80,000-pound vehicle on the busy roadways in California. Surprisingly, there are a number of truckers on the road who are unqualified and may even be intoxicated, distracted or drowsy while navigating alongside you in traffic.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,744 people were killed in large truck accidents across the United States in 2014. Approximately 281 of those deaths occurred in California alone, representing 6.6 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in the state. In an attempt to decrease the number of large truck accident deaths that occur in the state and nation each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created a centralized database with the results of truck drivers’ drug tests. This information may prove critical to trucking companies that are hiring new truck drivers, and that wish to monitor their own truck drivers.

Truck drivers are required to be drug tested on a regular basis. However, prior to this specific database, there was no centralized place for companies to seek this information.  The Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will hold data including drug test results, whether truckers refused to take drug tests and truck drivers who failed drug tests. Truckers who have violated the law cannot then seek employment from another trucking company.

While this program has recently started, officials are hoping that this important information can be used to save lives. 

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