Can truck drivers drink when they’re not on the clock?
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Can truck drivers drink when they’re not on the clock?

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2022 | Personal Injury |

It’s very clear that commercial truck drivers cannot drink on the job. They’re not allowed to carry alcohol with them or have a drink if they stop for a meal. They need to be sober, and they even have strict drunk driving limits, compared to those applicable to most drivers.

But what about when they’re off work? Most workers are allowed to do whatever they want when they’re off the clock, and that includes drinking. But are the rules different for truck drivers?

Truck drivers cannot drink within four hours of driving

The rule that is in place indicates that drivers need to have four hours without drinking before they get on the road. They are allowed to consume alcohol when they’re off the clock, but they need to be sure that they wait long enough that they are entirely sober before they begin driving again. Someone cannot have a drink right before their shift and then claim that they didn’t break the regulations because they technically weren’t working when they had that drink.

That being said, even this four-hour rule may not be enough in some cases. It is very possible for someone to drink enough alcohol that they would still be impaired four hours after they stopped, and that driver would still be putting everyone else on the road in danger.

Have you been injured in a truck accident?

A driver who breaks these rules is at a higher risk of causing a truck accident, and you could be severely injured if your vehicle gets hit. If this occurs, be sure that you know how to seek financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.


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