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Legal Limits for Alcohol Intoxication for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers, in addition to other commercial drivers, are significantly more limited to how much alcohol they are allowed to have in their system before they can be arrested for drunk driving. These drivers are expected to stay sober while on the road, as even the slightest impairment may compromise their ability to operate the more complex and dangerous vehicles they drive. If these drivers violate these alcohol limit laws, they may face severe criminal penalties as well as civil liability for any injuries their drunkenness causes.

Alcohol Limits for Commercial Drivers

Drivers operating their vehicles on a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to a higher standard when it comes to alcohol intoxication limits. These drivers may face penalties for intoxicated driving at the following limits:

  • 0.04 BAC will result in a commercial driver DUI
  • 0.02 BAC will result in a 24-hour commercial driving suspension
  • 0.08 BAC for off-duty commercial drivers not operating a commercial vehicle will result in a DUI

In addition to these limits, police may pull over and arrest drivers who don’t meet these exact levels, but who are clearly impaired by some degree of alcohol consumption. In some cases, a driver may have mixed alcohol with another intoxicant, and their BAC level may not match their functional degree of intoxication.

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