DOT Passes Milestone in Drug Testing

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, which gave the Department of Transportation statutory authority to mandate drug and alcohol testing for workers entrusted with the safe operation of our nation’s transportation system.

The Act, signed into law on October 28, 1991, was enacted to reduce the abuse of alcohol and illegal use of drugs by employees such as pilots, airline mechanics, railroad engineers, truck drivers, bus drivers, and subway operators. According to the DOT, since the law was implemented, illegal drug use among transportation workers has dropped 50 percent, while the risk of fatal accidents caused by alcohol use by truck and bus drivers has dropped 23 percent.