Driving Regulations Involving Drugs and Alcohol
The strictest rule that FMCSA has established is that of the use of drugs and alcohol while driving commercial motor vehicles. It is illegal for a driver to possess, use or be under the influence of:
- narcotic drugs;
- amphetamine drugs;
- illicit street drugs, including marijuana and cocaine; and
- alcoholic beverages.
The above rule applies within four hours of reporting to work, operating a vehicle or truck, or sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle or truck. This rule also applies to anyone in the act of driving commercial motor vehicles. Breaking this rule not only can lead to a serious or deadly accident, but it also can cause the driver to lose his or her job, be jailed, or face large fines.
If you are involved in an accident with one or more commercial motor vehicles in Georgia and suspect that it could have been caused by an intoxicated driver, you have the right to take legal action. Driving regulations are in place to protect innocent drivers, and those who break the law should be brought to justice and held responsible for their negligent and malicious behavior. Contact a personal injury lawyer in the Atlanta area as soon as possible after a trucking accident. You may only have a certain amount of time to take action, so do not delay.
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