FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse Records 46,000 Violations in First 10 Months
About 4,400 Drivers Have Completed Return-to-Work ProcessA technician test a hair sample at a Quest Diagnostics facility. The leading number of drug test failures — 24,000 — was for marijuana. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)
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Nearly 46,000 driver drug-related violations have been recorded in the federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse during its first 10 months of operation, but only about 4,400 drivers have completed their return-to-duty requirements.
The leading number of drug test failures — 24,000 — was for marijuana, said David Yessen, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s compliance division chief. There were more than 6,650 failed tests for cocaine use, and 4,280 for amphetamines. Also included in the total were about 2,000 drug tests that were suspected attempts to cheat, Yessen said.
The Clearinghouse is a database containing information on commercial driver license holders’ drug and alcohol violations. Carriers, state driver licensing agencies and law enforcement officials use the Clearinghouse to check a driver’s violations.
“The worrying number for me is the 38,000 drivers who had a violation that haven’t completed the return-to-duty process,” Yessen said. “That’s something that we will be keeping an eye on.”