Driving a tractor trailer is an important job because these trucks are one of the primary means by which goods are moved throughout the state of California and all across the country. Whether the cargo is fresh fruit that's headed to an Orange County grocery store, or raw materials going to a manufacturing plant, many people and businesses rely on trucks to transport all kinds of products.
Big rig trucks are vital to the country's economy, but they can also pose tremendous dangers because of their huge size and weight. Accordingly, it is imperative that truck drivers have proper training and drive with safety as their top priority.
Of course, truck drivers are people too, and are prone to the same kinds of mistakes as any other driver on the road. The difference is that truck drivers are entrusted with greater responsibility, which is why they must have special training and licensing. In addition, commercial truck drivers must adhere to higher standards than other drivers when it comes to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Under California law, the legal blood-alcohol concentration limit is 0.08 percent for drivers of passenger vehicles. For commercial drivers, however, that limit is cut in half to just 0.04 percent blood-alcohol concentration. If a truck driver exceeds the limit, the state will revoke their commercial license. This means that a drunk truck driver is not only risking lives, but also their own livelihood.
Truck driver DUI is a very serious matter that can lead to fatal commercial truck accidents. Although most commercial truck drivers understand the importance of safety, some disregard their responsibilities. When it comes to drinking and driving, truck drivers face license revocation and all of the criminal penalties that are applicable to any DUI case. In addition, if a drunk truck driver injures anyone else on the road, the driver and their employer will likely have legal liability for the damages that they cause.
Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles, "California Driver Handbook - Alcohol and Drugs," Accessed on Dec. 10, 2014