Do not drink

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by greenelk, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. jakebrake12

    jakebrake12 Road Train Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Nah.. Got home too late.. Just stayin up and we'll do something tomorrow.. Sure you don't wanna work the dark side??
  2. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    i drink all the time these days:
    a) it's just better this way.
    b) much more social, relaxed etc.
    c) easier to get laid.

    i know you can't have it inside the cab at anytime but,
    What's the rule, time-wise?
  3. dieselbear

    dieselbear Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    §392.5 Alcohol prohibition.
    (a) No driver shall—
    (a)(1) Use alcohol, as defined in §382.107 of this subchapter, or be under the influence of alcohol, within 4 hours before going on duty or operating, or having physical control of, a commercial motor vehicle; or
    (a)(2) Use alcohol, be under the influence of alcohol, or have any measured alcohol concentration or detected presence of alcohol, while on duty, or operating, or in physical control of a commercial motor vehicle; or
    (a)(3) Be on duty or operate a commercial motor vehicle while the driver possesses wine of not less than one-half of one per centum of alcohol by volume, beer as defined in 26 U.S.C. 5052(a), of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and distilled spirits as defined in section 5002(a)(8), of such Code. However, this does not apply to possession of wine, beer, or distilled spirits which are:
    (a)(3)(i) Manifested and transported as part of a shipment; or
    (a)(3)(ii) Possessed or used by bus passengers.
    (b) No motor carrier shall require or permit a driver to—
    (b)(1) Violate any provision of paragraph (a) of this section; or
    (b)(2) Be on duty or operate a commercial motor vehicle if, by the driver’s general appearance or conduct or by other substantiating evidence, the driver appears to have used alcohol within the preceding 4 hours.
    (c) Any driver who is found to be in violation of the provisions of paragraph (a) or (b) of this section shall be placed out-of-service immediately for a period of 24 hours.
    (c)(1) The 24-hour out-of-service period will commence upon issuance of an out-of-service order.
    (c)(2) No driver shall violate the terms of an out-of-service order issued under this section.
    (d) Any driver who is issued an out-of-service order under this section shall:
    (d)(1) Report such issuance to his/her employer within 24 hours; and
    (d)(2) Report such issuance to a State official, designated by the State which issued his/her driver’s license, within 30 days unless the driver chooses to request a review of the order. In this case, the driver shall report the order to the State official within 30 days of an affirmation of the order by either the Division Administrator or State Director for the geographical area or the Administrator.
    (e) Any driver who is subject to an out-of-service order under this section may petition for review of that order by submitting a petition for review in writing within 10 days of the issuance of the order to the Division Administrator or State Director for the geographical area in which the order was issued. The Division Administrator or State Director may affirm or reverse the order. Any driver adversely affected by such order of the Division Administrator or State Director may petition the Administrator for review in accordance with 49 CFR 386.13.
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  4. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Winston Salem

    This is the part that could burn you. You could still have a measurable concentration in your body even after 10-12 hours off duty. Be careful with this. It takes the average human body 1 hour to metabolize one beer/shot. You are allowed no measurable concentration.
  5. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Meadville, PA
    I quit drinking in 1998 (at the tender young age of 22) two days before I started truck driving school. After 5 years of being a borderline alcoholic (never got the shakes or snakes), it was the best decision I ever made. However, I wonder about younger fellas these days. All the idiotic crap they are doing in their twenties I seem to have missed out on. I guess since I started driving early in life, I had to grow up and be responsible, rather than spend my time chasing a minimum wage paycheck and whatever tail might be available. On the upside, I'm 34 years old with no kids (never had any desire) or any baby-daddies running around hitting me up for child support. On the down side, I seem to have missed out on some serious fun. Oh well, I've always considered being able to drive more important than how many azzes I hit on the weekend. I must be boring as all get out.
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    MUSTANGGT Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    No, you are mature. Some people grow up quicker than others.
    Some folks realize early on that they need to do things properly and others(like me to some extent) insist on learning things the hard way.
    I think it is admirable that you that you thought you may have had alcoholic tendencies and cut it off at the pass.
    I was drinking heavily at that age, but was in denial of any sort of problem.
  7. jakebrake12

    jakebrake12 Road Train Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I don't push the time limit - I won't work again till Monday night so at the least during football season it's a minimum of 20 hours. Never drink during the week either - hard enough to just work and sleep all week and couldn't see adding beer to that..
  8. Lil'Devil

    Lil'Devil Heavy Load Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    Great White North
    There's nothing wrong with drinking, just don't drive when you've had too many that's all, I don't drink and drive, I don't drive after drinking until I've had a good nights sleep

    Even when I am working, some of the other drivers I work with and I quite often have a few drinks at the bar before going to bed for the night, of course we weren't going to be driving til the morning,

    Years ago some of us would bring a case of beer with us and we would drink beer when we parked for the night, we were running out in the middle of nowhere with no bars around, what else were we suposed to do.

    I enjoy having a drink after a hard day of work, I don't intend to stop drinking anytime soon.
  9. jakebrake12

    jakebrake12 Road Train Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Lol.. I was always in the same boat - even when I was in college I had a second shift job assembling heavy machinery so I always missed all the fun. Started driving as soon as I turned 21 so that took away even more party time. Always had some pretty serious girlfriends but like you I have no kids and no desire to have them anytime soon. Might sound bad but I'm probably too selfish right now and have goals I would like to attain before I would even consider it..
  10. Scuby

    Scuby Heavy Load Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I'll have a beer or three when I'm on hometime or a 34 restart. Otherwise I don't drink. Also I don't drink anywhere near the truck. The reason being in some states just having keys in the ignition while drunk will get you a DUI. Another reason I don't drink is I was hit by a drunk 4 wheeler. Luckily no one was hurt or killed, but his car was badly damage.
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