COULD A congressional bill that has been gathering dust for more than a year have saved five lives that were snuffed out in a grinding New York subway crash last month?
Could all the mandatory drug testing in the world have made a difference? Could there be another way of safeguarding the lives of millions of people who use some form of public transportation each day?
Perhaps, perhaps and perhaps.
Mandatory federal drug and alcohol testing for airline, railroad and trucking employees has been in effect since 1990. Legislation to add mass transit workers to the existing rules was proposed early last year, but has been stalled. In the face of arguments that random drug testing is an invasion of an employee's right to privacy, we believe the privacy rights of a worker in a public transportation system are far outweighed by ++ the rights of passengers to travel in a vehicle piloted by a drug-free operator.