Commercial truck drivers are required by law to submit to a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine if requested by a law enforcement officer. (4506.17E of the Ohio Revised Code). If the commercial truck driver refuses to submit to the test, his Commercial Driver’s License will be suspended for one (1) year. This suspension will go into effect immediately after the refusal. If he or she submits to the test and the concentration of alcohol in his or her system is .04 or above while operating a commercial vehicle, he will lose his license for one (1) year. This legal limit is lower for commercial truck drivers because of the higher standards that are placed upon them as professional drivers.
If a commercial truck driver receives one of these suspensions, he will not be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle for one (1) year. The driver will be eligible for limited driving privileges, but the Ohio Revised Code specifically prohibits the operation of a commercial vehicle while under one of these suspensions.