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How a commercial DUI could end your career

Georgia and virtually every other state prohibit motorists from driving under the influence (DUI). Commercial drivers are subject to more stringent driving laws than your average passenger car operator is.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a government agency that imposes and oversees traffic safety regulations that apply to truckers and anyone else operating a vehicle in a commercial capacity. It’s important that you learn this federal agency’s policies if you don’t know them already.

Some important FMCSA rules surrounding drunk driving

The FMCSA blood alcohol content (BAC) legal limit for commercial drivers it’s .04%. Most adult non-commercial drivers can have a BAC of up to .08% and avoid arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. FMCSA regulations also forbid commercial carriers from driving a vehicle within four hours of their consumption of alcohol.

This federal agency requires commercial drivers to submit to random drug testing as well as testing following an accident and before returning to work. The FMCSA equates any commercial driver’s refusal to submit to drug testing as an automatic DUI guilty plea. Any commercial driver with a DUI conviction on their record may have their license suspended for longer than your average motorist.

Further, FMCSA regulations require commercial drivers to notify their employers of any DUI convictions within 30 days. Employers cannot have an employee work for them in any capacity while they have a suspended license.

To whom do FMCSA rules apply?

The rules don’t just apply to CDL operators, but also the following individuals:

  • Those who lease or own commercial vehicles
  • Anyone working for local, state or federal governments
  • Any drivers who operate commercial vehicles
  • Anyone employed by a private or for-hire motor carrier
  • Employees of churches and other civic organizations

The FMCSA holds those individuals working in the above-referenced capacities to a higher standard as they often transport others’ cargo or individuals.

Why you should take DUI charges seriously

Fleet companies are hesitant to hire truckers that have points on their license, so there’s a stronger chance that they’ll be unwilling to do so if you’re facing DUI charges. An attorney can work with you to  present a strong defense so that you have a better chance of maintaining your career.