DUI Laws Vary for Commercial Vehicle Drivers

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Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard when it comes to driving under the influence (DUI). This is because their actions can have a greater impact on public safety due to the sheer size and weight of their vehicles. In this blog, we will explore the regulations commercial drivers face when it comes to DUI and how it affects their commercial driver's license (CDL) eligibility.

The Truck Driver BAC Limit is 0.04%

Driving under the influence is illegal at any level of intoxication. Commercial drivers must adhere to a BAC limit of 0.04%, which is significantly lower than the general legal limit of 0.08%. If they are found to be driving with a BAC higher than this, they can face suspension or revocation of their CDL and criminal penalties.

CDL Suspension May Occur After a Failed DUI Test

In addition, commercial drivers can also face negative consequences if they are found to have any amount of intoxicants in their system while operating a commercial vehicle. This is true regardless of whether or not the driver appears to be intoxicated. Failing a breathalyzer test may result in the suspension or revocation of the CDL and/or criminal penalties.

DUI Offenses Must Be Reported

Commercial drivers who are convicted of a DUI or other alcohol-related offense must report it to the state licensing authority within 30 days. The state will then determine if the driver is eligible for reinstatement and, if so, what processes must be completed before their CDL can be reinstated. This process may include completing a rehabilitation program and/or undergoing an alcohol assessment.

It is important to understand that a DUI can have long-term consequences for commercial drivers. In addition to suspension or revocation of the CDL, they may be required to complete additional training before being allowed to drive again, and their insurance premiums may increase significantly. As these drivers often face random alcohol and drug screenings, they have a responsibility to always be sober as to adhere to the FMCSA's high standards of safe operation.

Every motorist deserves a safe roadway. Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys hits back at negligent individuals who cause others harm. Call (912) 809-5335 today to learn more about how we can help you following a truck accident.

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