Weekly Safety Messages Jan. 2018 – Mar. 2018

Consequences of Drug & Alcohol Violations (1/15/18)

During the month of January, two Decker drivers have been written up for Controlled Substance violations – both drug and alcohol. Consequences of drug or alcohol violations are immediate, severe, and long-lasting.

Not only do they violations impact the individual driver, they negatively impact Decker’s CSA scores.

In accordance with company policy, employment with DTL was immediately terminated for both drivers.

Operating under the influence can result in injury or death to the driver as well as other motorists. Alcohol and drugs should NEVER be in your truck.

Please take time to read the following safety briefing on this topic and have a safe week.

When you have violated DOT drug and alcohol regulations as a driver, you cannot perform any DOT safety-sensitive duties again, including driving a commercial motor vehicle, for any employer until/unless you complete an evaluation, referral, and education/treatment process set forth by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).

A verified positive DOT drug test result, a DOT alcohol test with a result indicating an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater, a refusal to test (including the adulterating or substituting a urine specimen), or any other violation of the prohibition on the use of alcohol or drugs under a DOT agency regulation constitutes a DOT drug and alcohol regulation violation.

Consequences of drug or alcohol violations are immediate, severe, and long lasting. The following is a listing of the most prominent potential consequences:

  • Loss of employment via:
    • Termination
    • To complete the return-to-duty process
  • Loss wages due to unemployment
  • Costs of seeing a Substance Abuse Professional
  • Time commitment to see a Substance Abuse Professional
  • Costs and time of a return-to-work drug/alcohol test
  • Costs and time of follow-up drug/alcohol tests
    • Follow-up tests could be required over the course of several years
    • Tests are direct-observation
  • Positive tests or refusal to test will be documented on your driver record
  • Decreased potential for employment
  • Stigma from others
  • Diminishes your credibility as a professional driver
  • Stress
    • Personal
    • On family

Social pressure is often a contributing factor in the use of drugs and alcohol. Avoid situations were drug and alcohol use may be present.  If you find yourself in a situation, think of the consequences and just walk away.  It’s not worth your time and money.

Safety First (1/8/17)

There is an increased risk of accidents, especially jack-knifes, rear-ends, and lane change collisions, during the winter months. To avoid these types of collisions, it is important to be aware of hazards which can include weather, other motorists, equipment damage, or even your personal behaviors.

Some reminders to help you avoid accidents this winter:

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Black Ice (1/3/17)

Freezing temps and high winds are impacting many US roadways this week; use your best judgment and let your dispatcher know if you are shutting down. Be aware of the road and weather conditions at all times to reduce your chance of being involved in a winter weather-related crash.

Please login to Media Manager, Facebook, or Pegasus to review a safety brief on Black Ice. Have a good and SAFE week!

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