People who drive commercial vehicles that meet certain requirements are required to have a commercial drivers’ license. That license comes with great responsibilities. Think about how horrendous it would be if a commercial driver with a bus full of passengers didn’t drive safely. Think about how bad an accident caused by a trucker who wasn’t paying attention can be. Those are just two examples of why commercial drivers have to ensure they are driving safely. One thing that these drivers have to do is remain sober. Commercial drivers don’t have any excuse for driving drunk.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set a limit of .04 percent for the blood alcohol concentration of commercial drivers. This is much lower than the limit set for drivers in Tennessee; however, it is a necessary step toward keeping our roadways safe.
In addition to the lower BAC limit, the FMCSA also mandates that commercial drivers can’t operate any commercial vehicle within four hours after they consume alcohol. These commercial drivers face stiff penalties for driving drunk. They also face stiff penalties for refusing to take a blood alcohol test. They are also required to submit to a drug test if they are in an accident.
When drivers of commercial vehicles, such as big rigs, drive drunk, they are putting themselves and everyone else on the roadways in danger. The sheer size of some of those vehicles could make an accident worse than if only smaller vehicles were involved. With this in mind, you can see why these regulations are so important. When they aren’t followed and people are hurt, they might opt to seek compensation for their injuries.
Source: FindLaw, “Commercial DUI Regulations” accessed Mar. 11, 2015