The Coast Guard says that Capt. Joseph Hazelwood, skipper of the ill-fated Exxon Valdez (which spilled some 262,000 barrels of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound), had a blood test more than 10 hours after his supertanker ran aground and showed a blood-alcohol level far higher than allowed for ship operators.

That fact alone should silence American Civil Liberties Union zealots and organized labor leaders who vociferously oppose random drug testing of personnel engaged in transportation.The way to weed out drug and alcohol abusers from sensitive airline, shipping, rail, bus and trucking jobs is to test them before, and not only after, they cause terrible accidents.