DUI and CDL Impact

DUI And CDL Impact

Receiving a DUI can be embarrassing and inconvenient no matter whom you are.  However, if you are a truck driver with a commercial driving license (CDL) and you receive a DUI, you will be facing a more difficult process than the average driver on the road.  As a truck driver, you will be subjected to stricter blood alcohol limits than the average person, and the consequences of getting a DUI, whether on or off duty, are higher.  Fully understanding the consequences of a DUI can help you to take precautionary measures to ensure that you will not get behind the wheel after drinking.

Truck drivers and other drivers with commercial driving licenses are held to higher standards on the road than the average driver.  This is due to the fact that the cargo carried in trucks and the sheer size of a truck itself can do a lot more damage on the road than a car can.  Driving while under the influence can therefore be a major public safety concern, and it can make you a liability to your employer.  For these reasons, receiving a DUI if you have a CDL can have serious consequences.

It is important to consider the fact that if you are a truck driver with a commercial driver’s license, you will be subjected to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulations concerning drug or alcohol use while driving.  These regulations are most restrictive in terms of their blood-alcohol concentration limit, which is set at 0.04%, a much smaller amount than what a person without a CDL will face.  The toleration for having alcohol in your system as a truck driver with a CDL is lower because of the safety risks involved with driving large trucks carrying potentially dangerous cargo.  Furthermore, the FMCSA rules state that if you refuse to submit to a blood alcohol test, you will automatically be found guilty of driving under the influence.

The process of being tried for a DUI if you have a CDL is similar to that of the average person’s.  You will undergo the same process as a typical driver, however you will be subjected to the lower alcohol-blood level content limit, and your license could be suspended for a longer period of time than is normal for non-commercial drivers.  In addition, the consequences of receiving a DUI as someone who has a CDL can be significant.  If your license is suspended, whether you received your DUI on or off duty, it will greatly affect your job.  You will not be able to work and therefore your livelihood will be affected.  Furthermore, you could lose your job, and having a DUI on your record will make it difficult for you to be hired by another company.

The consequences of receiving a DUI as a truck driver with a CDL are severe.  You will be subjected to stricter regulations than a non-commercial driver and receiving a DUI will directly affect your ability to work.  Refraining from driving under the influence is important if your livelihood depends on driving.  If you have further questions, you can contact Ruane Attorneys by clicking here.