Large trucks are a force to be reckoned with on the roadways. In addition to their massive size, large trucks may have multiple trailers or have big loads that can cause issues when driving alongside other vehicles on the road. It only makes matters worse when truck drivers operate their tractor trailers while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Surprisingly, a number of truckers have been taken out of service after law enforcement officials found that they were driving under the influence. As a way to minimize the number of accidents caused by drunk truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
The clearinghouse is national database filled with information regarding drivers who hold a CDL and any drinking and/or drug violations they may have on their record. Certain entities, including medical review officers, FMCSA-regulated employers, service agents and substance abuse professionals have access to the information.
The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse can help employers make better decisions when hiring new drivers and putting them out on the road. If a driver should receive a violation, it is put in the clearinghouse so future employers will know about the offense, even if the driver fails to alert the new employer to their situation. The database lists the drivers who are prohibited from operating a large truck, as well as drivers who are going through evaluations and treatment for their offenses. The records are then kept for five years or are eliminated when and if the driver completes the required treatment.