Impaired Driving Violation - Policies or Practices

 

Impaired Driving Violation - Policies or Practices

Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE) is currently reviewing its practice regarding employees CHARGED with an impaired driving violation on or off the job in a personal or company vehicle. Impaired driving is defined as a Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs “DUI” or Driving While Intoxicated “DWI”.

In Maryland, drivers who are charged must relinquish their formal driving license and may be granted a temporary license to drive to and from work. BGE does not recognize “temporary licenses” and suspends its employees’ driving privileges at work.

We would appreciate a response to the following questions:

1) What is your Company’s policy/practice for employees who receive a “DUI/DWI” and are required to drive as part of their job?

2) Is the employee “accommodated” in a non-driving position until they resolve the charges and gain possession of a “valid” driving license?

3) Are employees holding CDL licenses managed differently from others also required to drive for the company?

4) In what situation, if any, would the employee be terminated for the impaired driving charge?

We greatly appreciate any feedback that you are willing to provide.

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We don't have a formal policy at PG&E for handling a situation where an employee gets a citation while off the job, but if it were to happen on the job, the employee would be subject to the discipline process which could result in his/her termination. If the employee received a citation while off duty, it would not be unusual for us to work with the employee to accomodate his/her restrictions. As far as CDL's are concerned, we definately handle them differently as the regulatory requirements and responsibilities vary significantly between the CDL and the standard license in California.

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At ComEd if an employee is cited for DUI/DWI during work or driving a company vehicle on personal time, they would be subject to the discipline process including termination. We have accommodate employees that can get a work permit from the state. Typically in llinois their CDL is suspended so they can only drive light duty.

Anonymous (not verified)
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Thank you for your reply. I will forward to our Utility Training group who is seeking this type of information.

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Hi,

We have a policy that if you receive a DUI/DWI while at work you are subject to discipline up to and including discharge. If you loose your CDL the company will work with the employee as long as they seek help and that work is available for them, and there is a wage reduction while they do not have there CDL. A second one will loose your CDL for 10 yrs (life) and the company will terminate if your job description says a CDL is mandatory.