REASONABLE SUSPICION (49 CFR
The Drug and Alcohol regulations enforced by DOT have an
important objective; to prevent accidents, injury, and death
caused by drivers who are impaired due to the influence of
drugs or alcohol. Also included is the high cost to
employers due to the increase of insurance premiums which
already run into the thousands of dollars. As a professional
trucking company, whether you operate one truck or one
hundred trucks, it is important for you to understand the
rules and regulations that apply to your company.
If you are a owner, dispatcher, safety director or manager,
your role is to determine if reasonable suspicion exists.
Therefore, you must be knowledgeable about the effects that
drugs and alcohol has on a persons body and be able to
recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
The regulations state that you must receive one hour of drug
and one hour of alcohol training and the certificate
certifying your training must be kept on the premises at all
times. This training is required just one time with no
recertification in the future.