Getting a commercial driver’s license (CDL) can be a great way to support yourself. Truck driving can satisfy your need for adventure while you pay your bills if you do not mind driving and living your life on the road.
Drunk driving charges can be devastating if you have a CDL. If you are convicted, the consequences of a DUI could pose a serious threat to your career.
Here’s what you should know about the impact a DUI can have on your commercial driver’s license.
Know the limit for the vehicle you are in
When you think about the standard for a DUI, you may automatically think of 0.08 percent. Although that is the case in your personal car, the limit is different when driving a commercial vehicle.
If you are driving a commercial vehicle, the legal limit is 0.04 percent, half the limit for ordinary cars. As you can imagine, getting to 0.04 percent BAC can happen very quickly, so if you are drinking, it is best to wait until you are completely sober to drive your commercial vehicle.
Will a DUI in my personal car impact my CDL?
If you are convicted of drunk driving in your personal vehicle, some restrictions can impact your ability to drive commercial vehicles. For example, if you obtain a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP), you will not be able to drive your commercial vehicle.
The ignition interlock devices that make you eligible to drive your personal vehicle with an MDDP are not an option for a commercial vehicle.
In many cases, your CDL will be suspended if you are convicted of a DUI. If you are facing drunk driving charges, it is essential to talk to a skilled professional about your case.