FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Beginning Jan. 1, those with a commercial driver’s license or a commercial driver’s instruction permit will be barred from using state programs that prevent convictions for driving under the influence and other serious traffic offenses when operating a private vehicle, according to a release.
Until now, commercial drivers could use a special state diversion program to prevent a conviction resulting from a first-time DUI in those vehicles.
“Driving under the influence is a serious charge and risks the lives of others on the road as well as drivers themselves," DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said in a statement. "The federal law holds those with a CDL license to a high standard."
Beginning on Jan. 1, if you hold a Commercial Driver’s License or Commercial Driver’s Instruction Permit and are arrested for operating under the influence or for a serious traffic offense such as reckless driving or evading responsibility:
- You will not be able to use a diversion program such as the Alcohol Education Program or the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program even if you are arrested while you are driving your personal vehicle.
- If you are convicted for the offense, your CDL or Permit will be disqualified for the required period and the conviction will remain on your record for 55 years.
- If you are convicted, you also face a suspension of your regular license.
- If you are convicted of a DUI offense, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your personal motor vehicle.
For more information, visit the Connecticut DMV website.