Be Aware of Synthetic Cannabinoids!
As first reported to you
in the April 10, 2010 Idealease Safety Bulletin the use of
synthetic marijuana sold under the names of K2 and Spice and other
names is available in the US and provides the user the same effect
as marijuana. The Drug Enforcement Administration DEA has now
announced that synthetic marijuana is now a controlled substance
making it illegal to use by a commercial motor vehicle driver.
In a Federal Register
entry published Jan. 10, 2014 the DEA said the "synthetic
cannabinoids" are "an imminent hazard to the public
safety," and there are no medical uses for the synthetic
according to the DEA's Federal Register entry, is
"functionally similar" to the active ingredient in
natural marijuana - THC. The cannabinoids are not organic, though,
and are created in a laboratory. Moreover, the DEA says, "the
vast majority of cannabinoids are manufactured in Asia by
individuals who are not bound by any manufacturing requirements or
quality control standards."
The FMCSA prohibits a
driver from engaging in a safety-sensitive function when the driver
uses "any controlled substance" except under the
supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. 49 CFR 382.213(a).
DOT drug tests, however,
do not test for synthetic marijuana, and many, if not most, non-DOT
drug testing regimens will not detect synthetics. It is not
known at this point if the FMCSA intends to amend its drug test to
include these substances.
But because synthetic
marijuana is now a controlled substance, motor carriers must
prohibit its use by drivers even if it not tested for at the
moment. Company policy should prohibit the possession or use
of synthetic marijuana. If a driver involved in a crash is
proven to have used synthetic marijuana, that fact may be
considered evidence of negligence by both the driver and the
The drug is generally
smoked, the DEA says (information it says it obtained from Internet
message boards and from law enforcement officers). According to the
DEA, it is sold under hundreds of brand names, some of which are:
Spice, K2, Blaze, Red X Dawn, Paradise, Demon, Black Magic, Spike,
Mr. Nice Guy, Ninja, Zohai, Dream, Genie, Scene, Smoke, Skunk,
Serenity, Yucatan, Fire, Crazy Clown, Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey,
Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, TenX, Twilight
More information about Synthetic Marijuana:
releases regarding overdoses of Synthetic Marijuana in the last
Tainted Synthetic Marijuana Sickens Users in
Tue, 5 May 2015
investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about
..... commonly known as " K2 " or " Spice ."
"We've seen ..... the source of the synthetic marijuana ,
which police believe ..... drug, but because synthetic marijuana is
not detectable ... READ MORE.
Dozens in Mississippi Treated for 'Spice' Overdose
Tue, 7 Apr 2015
involving the synthetic drug " spice ," health officials
announced Monday ..... the Easter weekend for symptoms of "
spice " overdose , a potent synthetic drug ..... to recreate
the high that comes with marijuana . The synthetic drug is
suspected as ..... enough to put someone in a coma." "
Spice " is a catch-all name for a wide variety ..... to what a
person feels after smoking marijuana . Symptoms of the synthetic
drug include ... READ MORE.
'Spice' Overdoses Send More Than 300 to ER in 2 Weeks
Thu, 16 Apr 2015
Alabama announced. Spice , which refers to several brands of
synthetic marijuana sold illegally ..... patients had used spice ,
the health department ..... associated with synthetic marijuana use
," Alabama ..... chemical found in cannabis . Although it's
..... Black Mamba, K2 and Spice , she ... READ MORE.
FMCSA Proposes Changes to the Diabetes Standard
The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a proposed rule on May 4,
2015, to permit drivers with stable, well-controlled
insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate
commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.
Currently, drivers with ITDM are prohibited from
driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtain an exemption
from FMCSA. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would enable
individuals with ITDM to obtain a Medical Examiner's Certificate
(MEC), from a medical examiner (ME) at least annually in order to
operate in interstate commerce if the treating clinician (TC) who
is the healthcare professional responsible for prescribing insulin
for the driver's diabetes, provides documentation to the ME that the
condition is stable and well-controlled.
Turn Around, Don't Drown
With the recent storms and
flooding that has occurred this spring, drivers of any type of
vehicle need to be aware of the fact that road conditions can
change rapidly with flash floods. Each year, more deaths occur due
to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why?
The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of
water. Over half of all flood related deaths each year occur with
victims inside vehicles. Many of the deaths occur in vehicles as
they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are
preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the
barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Even when operating a
large commercial motor vehicle you can be swept away by the strong
force of the waters current. I remember vividly watching a number
of years ago a cement mixer which had been caught in a storm water
canal in Los Angeles during a flash flood be swept down the canal
as if it were a toy boat. To check on weather conditions and
flooding, go the National Weather Service website at: www.srh.weather.gov.
Whether you are driving or
walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown.
You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the
condition of the road under the water.
flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas
subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons,
areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing
fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around.
beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through
flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown If your vehicle is
suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek
park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly
during threatening conditions.
especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize
low water crossings.
alternate routes to avoid flood prone areas.
your vehicle immediately if it stalls in flood waters.
to higher ground if you can do so safely.
cars and light trucks will begin to float in as little as 1 to
2 feet of water.
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Question of the Week
My driver has gone through a roadside inspection, how
long do I have to keep this documentation on file?
Copies of all roadside
inspections are to be kept by the motor carrier for 12 months. The
required to turn in the
inspection to the motor carrier within 24 hours. If they are not
going to return to the
terminal they are to
mail in the inspection. If the inspection resulted in violations
they are to be corrected or
repaired and the inspection form is to be signed and
certified that the repairs were completed and sent back to the
state of inspection within 15 days.
Best Practice Guidelines for Roadside Inspections:
Train drivers how to
complete good quality pre-trip inspection to reduce possibility of
Reviews CSA monthly at www.ai.fmcsa.dot.gov and
enter your DOT number or name. Review the vehicle and driver
basics with the associated inspections and cross reference the
inspections you have on file with the inspections turned in by your
drivers. Question drivers who did not submit inspection reports.
Also review the History tab directly below the crash basic to
determine if the number of inspections you are having is on the
rise or decline.
inspections and violations with your maintenance provider to reduce
Maintain copies, along
with any repair orders attached if there were violations, in
tractor and trailer file.
Use the roadside
inspection information, such as date, time and locations to cross
reference with the drivers hours of service documentation for
Train drivers how to successfully pass a roadside
inspections and how to conduct themselves.
Level One CVSA roadside inspections without
violations can, by regulation, be submitted for the DOT Annual
Now is the Time for all Drivers to Tune Up their Pre-
and Post-Trip Inspection Skills.
2015 will take place on June 2-4, 2015
Starting June 2,
approximately 10,000 specially-trained and certified officers will
blanket North America's roadways to prevent truck and bus crashes
and save lives. For the past 28 years, the Commercial Vehicle
Safety Alliance's (CVSA) annual Roadcheck event dispatches federal,
state, provincial and local inspectors to conduct North American
Standard Inspections around the clock for 72 hours from June 2-4.
These inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure which
includes items related to vehicle, driver and cargo safety.
Inspectors also hand out educational materials to drivers on
various aspects of commercial vehicle, driver and hazardous
Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety
Idealease, its members
and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting
safety seminars in 2015. The one day seminars this year will focus
on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA.
The seminars and will be provided to all Idealease customers,
potential customers and NPTC members at no charge. The
seminar provides important information applicable for both the
novice and experienced transportation professionals.
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customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source
of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin
is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise
certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements,
or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or
governing body, or industry standards.