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DUI Rules for Truck Drivers and CDL Holders

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DUI Rules for Truck Drivers and CDL Holders

For operator’s of a commercial vehicle requiring a CDL it is a criminal offense to drive (not operate) a commercial vehicle with a detectable amount of alcohol or controlled substance in the blood, breath or urine or with an alcohol concentration of .04% or more.

In addition, if the concentration is high enough, truckers face the possibility of being prosecuted under the standard D.U.I. law. Pursuant to O.R.C. 4506.15(F) it is a criminal offense for a commercial driver to refuse to submit to alcohol or drug testing. If the driver refuses his/her CDL will be administratively suspended by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and/or the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

In cases where the driver merely has a “detectable” level of alcohol, for instance on his breath, but not enough to meet the .04% standard, the driver is immediately placed out of service for twenty-four hours. If the driver is convicted of a D.U.I. offense or of the offense of having a concentration of .04% or higher his/her penalty is a one-year suspension of his/her CDL. A second offense is a lifetime suspension or a suspension as determined by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Charles Rowland


Charles M. Rowland II has been representing the accused drunk driver for over 20 years. Contact him at (937) 318-1384 if you find yourself facing a DUI (now called OVI) charge.

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