4 things to know about an occupational driver’s license
On behalf of J. Kippa Law, LLC | September 4, 2019
Mistakes often lead to unintended consequences. A common mistake is driving after having a drink with dinner. While you may think that you are fine to drive, the legal limit for alcohol in Wisconsin is rather low, so even one drink could put you over it. This means you could end up with a DUI unexpectedly.
When this happens, you will lose your license at least for a short time. If the court convicts you of drinking and driving, then you face a longer suspension. This can lead to consequences such as losing your job because you have no way to get there. Obviously, you do not want to this happen, so you need to find a solution. One option, according to the Department of Transportation, is an occupational driver’s license. Here are four important points about this option you should know.
- It states the hours you can drive
An occupational driver’s license has many restrictions. One of those is the hours in which you can drive. This will be on your documentation. You may only drive during those permitted hours.
- You can only use it for limited purposes
You cannot use it like a regular license to drive whenever and wherever you want. You will have to follow all limitations the court gives you. Generally, this means driving to and from work, along with driving to other specific locations, such as the grocery store and doctor’s office.
- It states in what counties you may drive
Another of the limitations is where you can drive. The court will only allow you to drive in specific counties within the state. If you need to leave the state, the court may also extend your privileges outside the state.
- You must have an SR22
When you have this type of license, you must carry SR22 insurance. This is a special insurance that ensures you stay insured while you have an occupational driver’s license. If you fail to keep up your policy, the court will find out.
An occupational license can be a blessing, but you have to follow all the rules associated with it. If you fail to do so, you could face further charges and penalties.