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ATA recognized for safety programs

Arkansas Trucking Association was one of 17 state trucking associations honored with Summa Cum Laude status during American Trucking Associations’ Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 14.

The State Association Recognition Program is judged by a team of motor carrier safety professionals and considers the depth and breadth of an organization’s safety programs, including member-driven councils and other services designed to improve safety and compliance.

“This award is a reflection of our members, and the work they do every day to keep our roads and workplaces safe,” said David O'Neal, ATA’s vice president of safety programs. “It’s an honor to be recognized and to continue working collaboratively on these programs.”

What’s the hold up on DHS’s hair sample drug testing protocol? asks new bill

President Trump signed into law a package aimed at curbing abuse of opioid drugs, and included in the legislative package is a provision that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Congress with an update on the status of guidelines for conducting hair-sample drug tests.

In 2015, the FAST Act highway bill required the U.S. DOT to recognize hair-sample drug tests for truck drivers as an alternative to urine-sample tests, and DHS was given a year to produce guidelines for how those tests should be conducted. Three years later, fleets are still waiting for those guidelines.

The recent opioid bill requires DHS to provide a report to Congress before the end of 2018 and asks the department to explain why the protocol hasn’t been delivered yet and when they expect to do so.

Though many fleets conduct hair-sample testing, because this testing isn’t required, carriers are performing both hair and urine testing to comply with federal law. When DOT recognizes the hair sample tests, companies won’t need to also conduct urinalysis as well.

Crashes rise in states that legalized recreational marijuana

Two new studies report that crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in the first states to legalize marijuana—Colorado Nevada, Oregon and Washington—compared with neighboring states that haven't legalized marijuana for recreational use. The research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) come as campaigns to decriminalize marijuana gain traction with voters and legislators in the U.S., and Canada begins allowing recreational use of marijuana.

In one study, HLDI analysts estimate that the frequency of collision claims per insured vehicle year rose a combined 6 percent following the start of retail sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, compared with the control states of Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. The combined-state analysis is based on collision loss data from January 2012 through October 2017.

A separate IIHS study examined 2012–16 police-reported crashes before and after retail sales began in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. IIHS estimates that the three states combined saw a 5.2 percent increase in the rate of crashes per million vehicle registrations, compared with neighboring states that didn't legalize marijuana sales.

The 5.2 percent increase in police-reported crash rates following legalization of recreational marijuana use is consistent with the 6 percent increase in insurance claim rates estimated by HLDI.

"The new IIHS-HLDI research on marijuana and crashes indicates that legalizing marijuana for all uses is having a negative impact on the safety of our roads," says IIHS-HLDI President David Harkey. "States exploring legalizing marijuana should consider this effect on highway safety."

The two new studies were presented at the Combating Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving summit, hosted by IIHS and HLDI at the Vehicle Research Center. The summit brings together highway safety and law enforcement experts to discuss the prevalence and associated risk of alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, as well as strategies to combat impaired driving.

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