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Reviewing the legal BAC limit for truck drivers

The dangers posed by drivers traveling along the Dixie Highway are well-documented. Imagine how much more dangerous a driver may become if he or she is driving while under the influence of alcohol. Combine that with the vehicle that he or she is operating being a semi-truck or tractor-trailer, and the potential for a devastating accident can be very high.

Most everyone associates .08 as being the almost universally accepted blood alcohol content limit used to determine if one is legally drunk. Indeed, according to the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation, those who produce such a reading while driving may be subject to criminal penalties. However, it may not be as well understood that the state lowers that limit in cases involving commercial vehicle drivers. Should such a driver be stopped for a sobriety check, he or she may be in violation of the law if his or her BAC is in excess of .04 percent.

Alcohol is not the only substance that the state recognizes as having the ability to impair one’s driving, either. It also includes the following amongst those substances:

  •          Illegal or prescription drugs
  •          Over-the-counter medications
  •          Chemical inhalants

Not only may a truck driver found to have a BAC of greater than .04 be subject to criminal prosecution in Kentucky, he or she may also face liability claims involving any accidents that he or she may have caused while driving drunk. On top of that, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that any CDL driver who tests positive for having a BAC over .04 may have his or her license disqualified.

Kentucky law also states that should a commercial vehicle driver test positive for any amount of alcohol in his or her system, he or she may be placed out of service for 24 hours. 

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