All commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers whose current medical certificate expires on or after May 21, 2014, must be examined by certified medical examiners who are listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry). The National Registry is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. Only medical examiners that have successfully completed training and passed a test on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards will be listed on the National Registry.
Safety on our Nation’s roads is crucial, and for CMV drivers the most important safety factor is the driver! Each turn of the key should remind drivers that they are responsible for their own safety, as well as the safety of everyone who shares the roadways with them. The physical examinations they are required to take for their medical certificate confirms that drivers are healthy enough to perform the demanding job of a CMV driver. A DOT physical exam is valid for 24 months. However, certified medical examiners may issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months, if it is determined that there is reason to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure, for example.
To search for a Certified Medical Examiner near you, click here.
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By Bill Current, President, Current Consulting Group, LLC | DATIA Focus Magazine | Spring 2016
When it comes to the legalization of marijuana there is a lot of disagreement. It seems that for every claim made by the pro-legalization folks (i.e. marijuana use doesn’t cause harm to the brain, legalizing marijuana will not result in more automobile accidents, legalization will not result in more people using pot) there is a counterargument backed up by independent, empirical data, real-world experience, and just plain old logic.
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Every day, 52 people die from opioid pain medications. Every year, 47,000 die from a drug overdose, mostly from prescription pain medications.
Opioids are being overprescribed. And it is not children reaching in medicine cabinets who have made drug poisoning the #1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. Adults have been prescribed opioids by doctors and subsequently become addicted or move from pills to heroin.
Perhaps even more alarming: 70% of people who have abused prescription painkillers reported getting them from friends or relatives. Most people don’t know that sharing opioids is a felony.
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