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What are the specific rules about alcohol and commercial vehicles?

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2019 | Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Driving a commercial vehicle puts a lot of responsibility on you. Not only are you responsible for safely delivering your cargo or passengers, but you also have to watch out for other vehicles on the roadway. You need to understand that should you get into an accident it is the other vehicle that will likely suffer the most damage. This requires you to take safety seriously. One way to ensure you drive safe in Georgia is to follow the state’s laws regarding alcohol.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety explains violating the alcohol restrictions regulations will result in you not being able to drive for 24 hours and the state may impound your vehicle. There are three main regulations you must follow.

You cannot drink any alcohol within four hours of beginning work. If you know you must work, it is best to not drink at all that day prior to your shift because you also cannot have any alcohol in your system. This rule disregards the general blood alcohol content limit and states you cannot have any alcohol level. If an officer uses a standard BAC test and any amount shows up, then you are in violation of the regulation.

The last regulation is that you cannot have alcohol in your vehicle. The exceptions are if you are hauling alcoholic beverages or if you have passengers on your limo or bus drinking alcohol.

You must adhere to all the regulations if you wish to avoid penalties. These regulations help to keep roads safe and ensure that you haul your cargo or passengers safely. This information is for education and is not legal advice.