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Study shows substance abuse common among commercial truck drivers

March 12, 2013 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
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The trucking industry is vital to the U.S. economy, delivering goods to consumers across the country. Many assume those who drive large semi trucks are more skilled and careful than the average driver, since they control such large vehicles. However, many truck drivers put others' safety at risk by driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A study published in the October 2013 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed an alarming rate of substance abuse among commercial vehicle drivers . People should be aware of the extent of this problem, as well as the threat to public safety that it poses. Examining substance abuse among truckers Researchers looked at the data collected in 36 studies performed around the world dating back to 2000 and going through the present to try to get a sense of the extent to which truck drivers use drugs and alcohol while driving. A majority of the studies were conducted in large countries such as the U.S., Australia an

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Hazards overlooked in federal bus safety audits

March 10, 2013 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
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Commercial vehicles such as buses and large trucks are regulated by the federal government to ensure the safety of those who travel in them and those who share the road with them. However, a new report revealed that the federal agency charged with the task of inspecting commercial carriers is not meeting its duties. On November 7, 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board announced the results of its investigation into the effectiveness of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight of motor carrier operations in the U.S. and called for improvements. Missed warning signs The NTSB launched its investigation after four commercial vehicle accidents, which killed 25 people and injured 83 more, occurred within a six-month span in 2012-13. The NTSB found that the FMCSA had awareness of safety issues with each commercial carrier company prior to the auto accidents, but failed to put the carriers out of commission until the safety violations were remedied as they

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