Commercial Drivers License and DUI in Nevada
In Nevada, bus drivers, truck drivers and other driving professionals are held to a higher standard than non-commercial drivers when it comes to driving under the influence as established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A BAC of 0.04% or more constitutes driving under the influence for an individual holding a commercial driver’s license. This is below the normal BAC of 0.08% for all other motorists. If an individual holding a commercial drivers license is arrested and found to have a BAC of 0.04% or more but less than 0.08%, he or she will receive a revoked drivers license for ninety days, criminal penalties may be imposed and he/she may be require to file an SR-22, proof of financial responsibility. If you have a commercial driver’s license, any detectable amount of alcohol can have an effect on your driving privilege and the FMCSA requires that commercial drivers not operate a vehicle within four hours of consuming alcohol. Further, commercial driver’s license holders convicted of any traffic violation, apart from minor parking offenses, must notify his/her employer of the offence within thirty days. Thus, if a commercial driver is arrested for a DUI while off duty and in his personal vehicle, he must notify his employer even though the incident did not occur while he was on the job or in the company vehicle.
In addition, more severe DUI penalties apply, including a lifetime disqualification from commercial driving. Thus if you are a commercial driver, a DUI can have severe consequences on your livelihood and career as a commercial driver.
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