Arkansas Truck Accident Attorneys Look at Truck Driver Drug Testing Bill

One of the most preventable causes of Arkansas truck accidents today is driving under the influence. In fact, as many as one-third of Arkansas’s fatal accidents involve drunk drivers. In many cases,  intoxicated motorists are operating commercial vehicles.

The Arkansas truck accident attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that one of the best ways to keep drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel of a commercial truck are pre-employment drug screenings. That’s why some of our state’s lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would allow trucking companies to use a different type of testing to complete these drug screenings.

An article released by Arkansas News says Senator John Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford have introduced legislation that would allow trucking companies to use a potential new employee’s hair to complete a drug screening. This would allow the company to opt out of the Department of Transportation’s required urinalysis screening.

The benefit to utilizing the hair screening process is that it is more effective in screening for intoxicants that a urine test is. One company’s results showed a mere 110 driver applicants failed a drug screening utilizing urine, while 3,845 applicants had hair samples that came back as positive for drug or alcohol consumption.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we recognize the importance of having sober drivers at the wheels of commercial vehicles. That’s why our Little Rock personal injury lawyers support efforts to keep intoxicated motorists off of the road.

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