Speeding Ticket And Failed Hair Follicle Test

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Jasheera M.'s Comment
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Hey guys, I’m very interested in getting my CDLS ASAP but this one speeding ticket I have is really stopping me from doing that and I’ve recently quit my customer service job for over two years to go with Prime until two days prior to me leaving my recruiter called and said I wasn’t accepted. Second option was swift and I passed the urine test but failed the hair follicle test... I’m at a stand still and don’t know which way to turn. P.s swift sent me home the first day of training to get a sleep study done and I was in the process of doing that until the lab called me yesterday about the hair follicle test being positive. Any suggestions or maybe I should wait a little while longer before getting my cdls?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Your problem is NOT the speeding ticket. now your problems is that hair follicle test. you FAILED which is going to be a huge road block.

Jasheera M.'s Comment
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Does this block me from any other companies even if they don’t do hair follicle tests? Mann oh man, maybe I should’ve thought all of this through before quitting my job...

Rainy D.'s Comment
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YES!!! they wont ask "did you ever fail a DOT urine test" they will ask "have you ever failed a drug test". its a drug test. you failed and want to drive a 80,000 pound 75 foot long killing machine at 65mph going over mountains and such????

Even IF a company will take you, it will.probably be a second chance type.of company for lower pay and they will probably want you to go for SAP substance abuse prevention program to ensure you are willing to remain clean. and how will you pay for that with no job? companies sometimes want 6 mos to a year of SAP.

Try PAM or CR England. another member went to them after failing a drug test, but combine that with your speeding ticket, idk. and if that ticket was 15+ miles over the limit...its reckless driving and much worse.

good luck

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I haven't chimed in for a while but I still read the threads from time to time and I have to respond to this.

Why in the hell would you think for a minute that any company wants to put their neck on the chopping block to hire you? You're talking about one of the most dangerous professions in the country and you can't pass a drug test? I'm with Rainy on this, your options are extremely limited and I'm not afraid to say that I honestly don't want you out here.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I haven't chimed in for a while but I still read the threads from time to time and I have to respond to this.

Why in the hell would you think for a minute that any company wants to put their neck on the chopping block to hire you? You're talking about one of the most dangerous professions in the country and you can't pass a drug test? I'm with Rainy on this, your options are extremely limited and I'm not afraid to say that I honestly don't want you out here.

^^^This.^^^

When was the last time you used? Hair tests go back, from 6 to 9 months, Depending on the company. Either way, GET CLEAN and STAY CLEAN. Think long and hard about what you want to do, and definitely think about something else, if you cannot stay clean.

Jasheera M.'s Comment
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Hey now, I understand y’all’s point of view but understand this. I do not have a drug problem and I’ve been clear and clean for about 4 months. I’ve never had a hair follicle test done ever in my life and didn’t know how far back it went. Thanks for your opinions..... but it may not be now but please believe me that I will be driving trucks :) and once I do. I will be back!!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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it may not be now but please believe me that I will be driving trucks :) and once I do. I will be back!!!

And we certainly wish you all the best. I wish we could have warned you ahead of time so you hadn't failed any tests. That's a huge bummer and it's going to be an incredibly difficult thing to overcome. But nothing is impossible. Hopefully you'll find a way.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Hey now, I understand y’all’s point of view but understand this. I do not have a drug problem and I’ve been clear and clean for about 4 months. I’ve never had a hair follicle test done ever in my life and didn’t know how far back it went. Thanks for your opinions..... but it may not be now but please believe me that I will be driving trucks :) and once I do. I will be back!!!

It won't be impossible, but it will be hard. Take the SAP classes/course. Go to voluntary aa/na and document it. Anything you do, document it, so that the prospective employer can see that you are actively committed to being clean. There are companies that will hire you, and give you a shot.

We are pretty up front about things, here. People make mistakes, and some of us came from similar backgrounds. You weren't very specific in your original post, so we can only guess, and respond accordingly.

We are here to help, and offer whatever advice we can. Trust me, there is another site, that would nail you to a wall, and burn the whole house down over your head.

I definitely wish you the best, if you are determined to make a go of this. Hang around, and take advantage of the many resources, here.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Brian's Comment
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Rainy mentioned Pam and CR England, May trucking might also be one you can try.

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