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Fidgeting Greyhound Driver Faces DUI Charge

A Greyhound bus driver was arrested after passengers called police. The driver was accused of swerving into other lanes of the highway for at least 30 miles. The passengers noticed that the driver of the bus seemed to be fidgeting, including placing his head down on the steering wheel and jumping in his chair. He was going around 70 miles per hour and swerving between the left lane of the highway and the right shoulder of the road.

The passenger that called police regarding the driver was told that there were no nearby officers to respond the call. They continued traveling for 30 more miles until police and state troopers were able to pull the bus over. The driver of the bus failed a field sobriety test and was arrested at the scene. Greyhound has launched their own investigation of the incident.

Commercial Driver's Licenses and DUI

A bus driver or truck driver must obtain a different driver's license that allows them to operate commercial vehicles. The Commercial Driver's License (CDL) indicates that the driver is equipped to drive vehicles with higher responsibility, such as those containing children or dangerous products or chemicals.

Drivers with CDL licenses are subjected to the same penalties for driving under the influence as those with other licenses, but the blood alcohol level restrictions for these licenses are cut in half.

A commercial driver can be charged with a DUI if they:

  • Possess a blood alcohol level higher than 0.04
  • Are under the influence of any substance while driving a vehicle
  • Refuses to take a test to determine sobriety

As a result of these more stringent driving regulations, CDL license holders may also face a loss of employment and livelihood if convicted.

If you have been charged with drunk driving while operating a commercial vehicle in Florida and need help to ensure your job is not threatened, contact a DUI attorney at Thomas & Paulk immediately.

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