After a consistent decline over the past forty years, traffic fatalities have spiked in 2015. Recent statistics for this year are even worse. During the first half of 2016, highway fatalities have increased over 10 percent from last year. These numbers are truly alarming traffic safety analysts. They are trying to discover the cause for a sudden jump in traffic deaths.
The legalization of marijuana for recreational use, medicinal use or both may be on the rise, but use of the drug remains off limits for commercial truck drivers in California and elsewhere across the country. According to the Department of Transportation, marijuana is listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, and the department has indicated that it will stand by its previously established stance as long as this remains so.
California truck drivers and their employers might want to know about a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit that was handed down in late October. The court upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's rule mandating the installation and use of electronic logging devices on trucks instead of the paper log system that had previously been used by many companies.