A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of long distance semi-truck drivers found many commercial truck drivers are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
 
• 15% of all drivers tested positive for marijuana use
• 12% tested positive for non-prescription stimulants,
• 5% tested positive for prescription stimulants
• 2% tested positive for cocaine
• less than 1% of truck drivers had alcohol in their systems
 
Trucks are large, heavy, difficult to maneuver, and have the capability of causing the most deadly accidents on Missouri highways.  When a driver’s skills are impaired by a drug or by alcohol, everyone on the road is at risk of being injured in a Missouri DUI trucking accident
 
There are several reasons why truck drivers use mind altering substances: 
 
1. Fatigue:  Truck drivers work long hours.  They may go days without sleep.  Many drives turn to over the counter stimulants to stay awake. But, frequent use of these stimulants can cause dangerous caffeine overdose or caffeine intoxication. Symptoms of caffeine intoxication include: nervousness, excitement, flushing of the face and muscle tremors, mania, depression, confusion, hallucinations, psychosis and even death. Other stimulants used in order to stay awake include speed and cocaine.
 
2. Boredom: Truck drivers are far from home. A few drinks may help pass the time when they are off duty.  Unfortunately, short breaks mean that the alcohol may still be in their systems when they resume driving.  
 
3. Stress: Some drivers smoke marijuana for its calming effects.

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