Results from the 2016 Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey

This report summarizes the results of the 2016 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey. This annual survey measures the percentage of commercial driver’s license (CDL) drivers who test positive for controlled substances (herein referred to as drugs) and/or alcohol, as a result of random and non-random (i.e., pre-employment, post-crash, and reasonable suspicion/follow-up) testing. For the 2016 survey, survey forms were sent to 4,468 randomly selected motor carriers. Of these forms, 2,402 were completed and returned to FMCSA, resulting in usable data from: 1,689 carriers (comprising 305,843 CDL drivers) for random controlled substance testing and 1,561 carriers (comprising 122,860 CDL drivers) for random alcohol testing. The estimated positive usage rate for drugs in 2016 is 0.7 percent. The estimated violation rate for alcohol usage (the percentage of drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04 or higher) in 2016 is 0.03 percent.

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    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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  • Publication Date: 2018-1


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 2p
  • Serial:
    • Analysis Brief
    • Publisher: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01663135
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RRA-17-017(b)
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2018 12:14PM