Stamford Commercial Drivers Face Tougher DUI Laws In 2014

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Drivers with commercial licenses and permits will face stiffer penalties if arrested for driving under the influence in their private vehicle. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Beginning Jan. 1, those with a commercial driver’s license or a commercial driver’s instruction permit will be barred from using state programs that prevent convictions for driving under the influence and other serious traffic offenses when operating a private vehicle, according to a release.

Until now, commercial drivers could use a special state diversion program to prevent a conviction resulting from a first-time DUI in those vehicles.

“Driving under the influence is a serious charge and risks the lives of others on the road as well as drivers themselves," DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said in a statement. "The federal law holds those with a CDL license to a high standard."

Beginning on Jan. 1, if you hold a Commercial Driver’s License or Commercial Driver’s Instruction Permit and are arrested for operating under the influence or for a serious traffic offense such as reckless driving or evading responsibility:

  • You will not be able to use a diversion program such as the Alcohol Education Program or the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program even if you are arrested while you are driving your personal vehicle.
  • If you are convicted for the offense, your CDL or Permit will be disqualified for the required period and the conviction will remain on your record for 55 years.
  • If you are convicted, you also face a suspension of your regular license.
  • If you are convicted of a DUI offense, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your personal motor vehicle.

For more information, visit the Connecticut DMV website.

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skeeter:

when will the idiot four wheelers that have the dui get out of jail free card stop driving like idiots in front of us?

Broad River:

Get out of jail free card?! The troopers have always gone soft on truckers because they didn't' want to have to curtail your livelihood by pulling your CDL and you knew it. If you were doing the double nickel there would be nobody in front of you. Or your little drive side by side game, going 20MPH because there is an accident 5 more exits down or your leap frog game with who has the front door so you can speed recklessly in the back of the pack (convoy) because there was somebody up front looking out for radar.
I have been pushed down the 3rd lane more than once doing over 80 because some clown was looking for a way back in the legal lanes.
There's enough cell phone cameras out there and now a real law, we'll see what happens when you're pulled over for the photo and then the trooper asks for your log. There's going to be some truckers working box lines and shipping and receiving and it's about time. Of course you'll have to wait until after your shift to get up on the interstates to get your little truck-stop-judy on. How much is the GWB now? LOL !

Broad River:

I guess once word gets around, some of the recklessness and third lane driving of these diesel dummies will disappear, ( Breaker Breaker Good Buddy ya'll need to worry bout Bears with a camera,da Plain Wrappers, Bears in da Air and less about the naked seats covers)

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