Are All Alcohol Related Violations Treated The Same?

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Garrett P.'s Comment
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Hello all. Early 2019 I was charged with DUI in my personal vehicle. The charge was reduced to careless driving in a plea deal. I still have the administrative DUI on my record, for failing the roadside breathalyzer. I also had my CDL automatically suspended for a year. I have since regained my CDL and I just started with Trans-Am. What are my options from here? Will potential employers treat the failed BAC as a DUI? Can anyone recommend an employer willing to look past it? 5 years of trucking, always safe on the job.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Driving Under the Influence

PackRat's Comment
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5 years driving and you get a DUI , regardless that it was pled down?

I think you should be more than thankful that any national carrier hired you. My advice would be to stay there at least a full year before thinking of applying anywhere.


Driving Under the Influence

Jay F.'s Comment
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Like Packrat said be thankful for a job. You’re basically starting over. Those prior 5 years don’t mean anything now that you have a DUI.

I do the hiring at my company. We are small so we aren’t self insured. I wanted to hire someone that had a 5 year old DUI , and the insurance company wouldn’t insure him


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Driving Under the Influence

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