Over the road truck driver dating

However, the Transportation Trades Department union argued that hair sampling “is an unproven tool,” one that could unfairly burden the livelihood of drivers, many of whom are pushing themselves with extra shifts just to make ends meet.Additionally, hair samples can produce false positive results and do not distinguish between a driver who has actually taken drugs and a driver who has merely been in the same room where drugs were being taken.Truck drivers live solitary lives – miles upon miles of endless roads, days turning into nights, just them and their massive vehicles.

In addition to the use of amphetamines and cocaine keeping drivers unnaturally awake and alert, the drugs also compel them to take more risks while on the road, such as driving faster, making inadvisable lane mergers, and feeling invincible in the face of inclement weather conditions.

When the effects of the psychoactive stimulants wear off, the drivers could easily fall asleep behind the wheel.

writes that “the use of booze and drugs among truck drivers on the road is common,” and linked primarily to the unfavorable working conditions.

A total of 36 studies between 20 show that truckers used alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, and cannabis to make it through grueling shifts.

Truckers are expected to work 70 hours a week for eight days at a stretch.

Due to a number of factors, drivers are unlikely to know how much they will get paid until the end of their first year.The federal government has taken an interest in the debate; truck accidents accounted for 12 percent of the highway fatalities in 2013, and groups representing driver unions and the trucking industry both sent letters to Congress within the same week in August 2015.The crux of the issue is how closely trucking companies can monitor their drivers, to ensure that they are not operating 50,000 pound vehicles under the influence, without infringing on the drivers’ right to privacy.There is similarly a lack of standards and regulation for how specimens of hair are obtained, tested, and stored.The result, says the president of the TTD, is that there could be “a bunch of bus drivers and truck drivers unfairly branded as drug users because of a false positive test.” Even the type of hair (defined by genetics, ethnicity, lifestyle, environment, and other factors) could trigger a false positive test, which could prove discriminatory against drivers of certain ethnicities; people with darker skin tend to have hair that is more porous, which is more sensitive to drug retention (even secondhand retention) than those with lighter skin and hair.As puts it, it’s “almost impossible” for a trucker to even get a sense of how much money they can make; drivers are paid by the mile, not how long they sit behind the wheel.

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