Maryland DUI and Traffic Lawyer Explains “Legal Limit” For Commercial Drivers

Legal Limit For Maryland Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

Though Maryland drunk driving regulations are already seen as harsh on normal drivers, commercial motor vehicle drivers face even more extreme punishments if they are found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. One of the biggest differences between ordinary drivers and commercial drivers is that license suspensions or revocations directly impact their ability to provide for their families given that they must continue to drive to bring in money.

An important legal difference that many people in Maryland may not be aware of is that the blood alcohol level required for an ordinary driver to be deemed intoxicated is different from the level a commercial driver would need to be found legally impaired.

In Maryland, any blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent would mean that an ordinary driver is intoxicated for purposes of the law. For those with a Maryland commercial driver’s license, that number is cut in half. This means that a Maryland CDL driver who is found driving with a BAC greater than 0.04 percent will face DUI charges in Maryland. Such charges include not only fines and court costs, but also carry stiff license suspensions which can impact a driver’s ability to earn an income.

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