An undercover investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that it is very easy for truck drivers to cheat on their randomized drug tests.
Undercover investigators with the office were able use falsified truck driver licenses to gain access to 24 different drug-testing sites. The investigation revealed that about 75 percent of the sites failed to restrict access to items that could be used to adulterate or dilute a urine sample. Items such as soap, air fresheners and running water were available in the bathroom during the test.
Additionally, the investigators were able to mix in drug-masking products with their urine samples without being caught by drug testing site collectors. The products went undetected by the drug screening labs.
According to the Department of Transportation, about 2 percent of truck drivers test positive each year for controlled substances in random drug tests. However, Oregon law enforcement officials conducted their own tests and about 9 percent of drivers tested positive.
Although most large truck accidents are caused by driver errors, drug use still leads to a number of fatal truck accidents. With about 30,000 drivers testing positive for drugs each year, that’s 30,000 drivers putting other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in danger.
The Transportation Department said they are continuing to work with state law enforcement partners to ensure trucking companies comply with regulations, including drug and alcohol enforcement. In 2006, more than $19 million in fines were written and more than 1,000 trucking companies were taken out of service.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a large truck accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses and more.
Contact the truck accident lawyers from The Eichholz Law Firm at (866) 947-7449 to schedule a free legal consultation today.