Consequences of the Use of Drugs and Alcohol as a CMV Driver

Last week, we discussed the different ways in which a driver could be disqualified. Of those ways, one disqualification that was listed read “…driving a CMV while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and controlled substances.” Without a doubt, a driver found under the influence will face severe consequences.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to let your drivers know of this. You must ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive at least an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substance use. Employers should also let drivers know of the following penalties:

1.    A first offender is disqualified for one year following conviction or forfeiture (6 months for possessions of a controlled substance.)

2.    For a second offense within three years, a driver is disqualified for three years.

As you can see, drug and alcohol use is no joke, especially when it comes to driving. All employers must be aware of the consequences and pass them along to employees. If one of your drivers is under the influence and goes unnoticed, he or she may end up in an accident, hurting themselves or worse, killing another. The last thing your business needs is a lawsuit on its hands!

At Wolpert Insurance, we want to make sure your business is run as safely and smoothly as possible. This is exactly why we are dedicated to providing your moving and storage business with the proper coverage. Contact us for more information.