Government officials released initial data from the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse today, revealing nearly 8,000 substance abuse violations since the database became operational January 6.
Administered by the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the clearinghouse is an electronic database that tracks commercial drivers' alcohol and drug violations. The clearinghouse has more than 650,000 registrants, officials said.
"We've seen encouraging results from the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, but there's still work to do to ensure we identify more drivers who should not be behind the wheel. The clearinghouse is a positive step, and the agency continues to work closely with industry, law enforcement, and our state partners to ensure its implementation is effective," FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen said in a prepared statement.
The database is part of government and industry efforts to improve safety on the roads and combat the nation's opioid crisis, officials said. There is no cost to register for the clearinghouse; drivers do not have to immediately register but must do so in response to an employer's request. Those required to register, according to FMCSA, include:
Information on the clearinghouse is available via the FMCSA website, https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov.