An editorial from
Scripps Howard News ServiceThe Coast Guard has announced that Capt. Joseph Hazelwood, skipper of the ill-fated Exxon Valdez, underwent a blood test more than 10 hours after his supertanker ran aground and showed a blood-alcohol level far higher than permitted for persons operating ships.
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.
It is impermissable that a captain with a drinking problem should have been in position to befoul Prince William Sound with the nation's worst oil spill. 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.