DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training
Reasonable Suspicion Testing: What Supervisors Need to Know

Help fulfill the reasonable suspicion training requirements of 49 CFR Part 382.603

Developed to the latest DOT drug testing regulations, this reasonable suspicion training program helps supervisors gain the knowledge and confidence they need to make reasonable suspicion determinations. View course details.

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NOTE: This program is not designed to fully satisfy the regulations by itself. Trainers may need to provide the learner with supplemental materials, such as a copy of the company policy, and verify the learner has satisfied the time requirements set forth in 49 CFR Part 382.603 in order to be regulatory compliant.

The purpose of the alcohol and drug testing regulations in Part 382 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) is to prevent accidents and injuries that are the result of driver misuse of alcohol and/or drugs.

Though the majority of drivers are safe, professional, and comply with the regulations, it is important for driver supervisors to understand how to deal with a driver who may be impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

Section 382.603 requires that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. This required training is used by supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing under Sec. 382.307.

This reasonable suspicion training course is designed to help all persons designated to supervise Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers gain confidence in regards to their reasonable suspicion testing responsibilities and help keep unsafe, impaired drivers off the road.

After completing this Reasonable Suspicion training course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the regulations that apply to reasonable suspicion testing, including the alcohol and drug prohibitions
  • Identify the five steps in the reasonable suspicion process and explain how to successfully execute each step
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse and drug use and describe what to look for when determining reasonable suspicion

J. J. Keller's Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors covers the following topics:

Rules & Regulations

  • Who is Covered by the Regulations
  • The Prohibitions
  • CSA/Controlled Substances & Alcohol BASIC

The Reasonable Suspicion Process

  • Observation
  • Confirmation
  • Documentation
  • Confrontation
  • Testing

Effects of Alcohol Misuse

  • Alcohol
  • Signs & Symptoms of Use
  • Health Effects
  • How Alcohol Impairs Driving Abilities
  • What to Look for When Determining Reasonable Suspicion

Effects of Drug Use

  • Classes of Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Over-the-Counter & Prescription Medications

What Next?

  • Violating the Prohibitions
  • Alcohol & Drug Testing Records
  • Providing Help Intended Audience: All persons designated to supervise CMV drivers

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