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Truck Driver Drug Use

Accidents and truck driver drug use continue to be a serious problem. It is no secret that driving and illegal drugs do not mix. Particularly if the driver is behind the wheel of a large commercial truck. These trucks can be hauling a fully-loaded trailer weighing 80,000 pounds or more. Marijuana or alcohol use can increase sleepiness and driver fatigue. These risky driving behaviors can decrease concentration and lead to serious accidents. Cocaine and amphetamines may help truck drivers stay awake, but these drugs can often cause agitation, vertigo, and hallucinations. This can adversely impact driver perceptions and reactions.  The inability to react or to pay attention to traffic because a truck driver is under the influence may have fatal consequences.

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