Drinking and driving is never worth the risk to your health and those around. According to study done by the CDC, a driver with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor-vehicle crash. Not only is it dangerous, it could also cost you up to $10,000 in legal fees, court costs, and higher insurance rates. But it’s especially risky to drink and drive if you have a CDL. For those that drive trucks for a living, losing their CDL would mean loss of income. So what happens to your CDL if you get a DUI?
What Happens to Your CDL if You Get a DUI?
If you’re a first time offender when you get a DUI, your CDL is suspended for one full year. If it’s your second or third offense, your CDL will be revoked for a minimum of ten years. Having a suspension means that your CDL will be automatically returned after the year is up. If your license has been revoked, that means you’ve lost it completely and you’ll have to reapply after your time is up.
It’s highly important that professional drivers have tough standards. They need to stay clean in order to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents. The risk is so high to dissuade as many truckers from drinking and driving as possible.
Also, in most states the BAC is higher than it is for non-commercial drivers. For professional drivers, the BAC is .04 as opposed to the normal .08. If drivers are asked to do a BAC test, refusing the test means you automatically lose your CDL for one year depending on the state. Additionally, if a professional trucker drives their personal vehicle while intoxicated, they can have their CDL suspended for 90 days.