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More than 10,000 positive drug tests for marijuana were reported to the federal Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse through the end of May this year, distinguishing pot by far as the banned drug of choice for truck drivers failing tests, according to new numbers released in a Clearinghouse report June 11.
Of the 21,156 positive tests reported since the Clearinghouse opened Jan. 6, 10,338 were for marijuana, 3,192 for cocaine, 2,184 for methamphetamines and 1,108 for amphetamines.
Numbers for several other drugs ranging from synthetic opioids to PCP paled by comparison.
The Clearinghouse is a database containing information on commercial driver license holders’ drug and alcohol violations. Carriers, state driver licensing agencies and law enforcement officials use the Clearinghouse to check a driver’s violations.
To date, more than 889,000 drivers and 125,000 employers are registered on the database, the report said.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokesman Duane DeBruyne said the data “is consistent with overall expectations,” but that because it is the first summary report on the Clearinghouse, there are no earlier numbers for direct comparison.
“It is informative about drug and alcohol positives that was not previously available to the agency or the commercial driver-employed industry sectors,” DeBruyne said.
Abigail Potter, manager of safety and occupational health policy for American Trucking Associations, said the statistics show that the Clearinghouse is doing what it is intended to do: stopping commercial vehicle drivers from failing a drug test for one employer and moving on to another that may not know about the failed test.
“While the numbers have been high, it is a positive sign that drug testing is doing its job, and the Clearinghouse is doing its job to identify these drivers before they get behind the wheel,” Potter said. “There definitely are more positive drug test results than we expected.”
As an indicator that positive drug tests were on the rise in 2019, Potter noted that for 2020, FMCSA increased the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing by employers from 25% to 50% of the average number of driver positions.
Potter said that marijuana is the most easily detectable of all the urine drug tests administered to drivers, since it stays in a driver’s system for about 30 days. By comparison, cocaine and synthetic opioids typically only remain in a person’s system for a short time, unless they are tested with a hair sample. A proposal by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow hair testing is currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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Sean Garney, vice president of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, said marijuana and cocaine have been a “thorn in our side for years. They’re our challenges.”
The positive numbers actually have declined since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency began in March, primarily due to a lull in hiring, he said.
“But all in all when you look at this, really we’re looking at less than one-half of a percent of all CDL drivers,” Garney said. “I think it’s a win. The Clearinghouse is working. The industry is safer.”
Garney noted that the numbers show that nearly 1,000 drivers with violations have rehabilitated and are back driving a truck. However, more than 15,000 drivers with violations had not yet even been reported as having started the return-to-duty process, the report said.
Garney also said that FMCSA estimates more than 550,000 motor carriers have yet to register for the Clearinghouse.
“So we’re a ways off from full compliance,” he said.
The report also said that there were more than 905,000 driver queries made by carriers. Of that total, 528,000 were for pre-employment checks, 356,000 limited queries and 21,000 other full queries.
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How Car Tires Are Manufactured
🚗 Cars are complex machines, each part made in highly specialized and specific ways, car tires included. Here is how car tires are manufactured.
🚕 Car tires are the part of your vehicle that keeps you moving forward. But have you ever wondered about how car tires are manufactured? Read ahead for a quick overview of the process.
❋ Design and Plan 👇
Designing the item you plan to manufacture is the first part of any industrial process. Car tires have been around for a long time now, and the manufacturing process is becoming increasingly digital. The design is usually created through engineering software, and the dimensions and curvature are handled with precision. After that, the tire-making machines receive this digitized format.
❋ Select Materials 👇
Most tires consist largely of rubber, both natural and synthetic. Oils, pigments, antioxidants, and other materials mix with the rubber to create each part of the tire. Tires must be crafted from quality, durable materials, including chemical agents, metallic cables, and fabric reinforcers.
❋ Melt and Mold 👇
Heat and friction work together to produce the final rubber composite that will mold the other parts of the tire. Tires are not one singular piece of rubber—they contain tread rubber, sidewall rubber, fabric-coated plies, and bead wires, among other components. A factory worker or automated apparatus then uses a tire-building machine in the shape of a collapsible drum to glue and set the tires. Finally, the tires cure over time, and subsequent heating and steaming help them fully coalesce
❋ Distribute Widely 👇
Quality control is important with tires—after all, tires must handle transporting drivers for thousands of miles on the road. After rigorous testing, the manufacturer packs the tires and distributes them to various sellers. These include tire stores all across the United States, from Trenton, New Jersey to Anderson, Indiana.
🟥 Knowing how car tires are manufactured can help you better select the parts for your vehicle. Because all cars are different and have specific needs, you should consult with a tire expert before choosing your next set of wheels.
👉↘ Source: Christina Duron is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things digital. She has focused her career around digital marketing and writes to explore topics that spark her interest.
Feast your eyes on the all-new, all-electric GMC Hummer EV
GMC has a new all-electric version of its classic Hummer oversized SUV. This thing is a beast, as you might expect, with an advertised 350-mile range and a 3-second zero to 60 mph time. It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest, which is kind of what the Hummer has always been about so that makes sense.
Alongside a teaser, GMC released a number of press photos of the 1,000 HP bruiser, so take a look below. It definitely looks like a Hummer – which may or may not be your cup of tea.
ALYI Highlights Next Steps
Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE – Alternet Systems, Inc. (OTC PINK: ALYI) today announced plans to publish a comprehensive progress update next week targeting a Wednesday, October 28th release date.
Management indicates a number of major endeavors underway in important stages of development to include RevoltTOKEN financing partner’s efforts to finalize ICO details, next steps after finalizing the multiparty milestone agreement announced last week, and a new design path development for the company’s long-term plans for future electric vehicles in Africa.
Management anticipates wrapping up details on the above-mentioned endeavors by next Wednesday and being ready to release a comprehensive update.
For more information and to stay up to date on ALYI’s latest developments, please visit www.alternetsystemsinc.com.
Disclaimer/Safe Harbor: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur.
Alternet Systems, Inc. Contact:
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