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The consequences of traffic violations as a commercial driver

If you have an ordinary driver's license and choose to drive a car on the road, it is considered a privilege more than a right, and that's why the privilege can be taken from you relatively easily. However, when you have a commercial driver's license, the sense of responsibility you should hold, as well as the penalties you could face, are even higher. In general, the bigger the car you are driving, the higher responsibility you have to stay safe, because more is at stake.

This blog will provide a brief overview into what the repercussions are when truck or other commercial drivers commit a traffic violation.

The consequences of commercial driver traffic violations

Even if you get ticketed "off-duty" while driving your personal car on the weekend, for example, you can still face losing your commercial driver's license (CDL) as a result. You could get ticketed through any of the following minor violations:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding over the designated limit by 15 mph
  • Changing lanes incorrectly
  • Driving carelessly

The following major violations will likely result in the revocation of your license:

  • Being involved in an accident and leaving the scene
  • Driving with alcohol or drugs in your system (DUI)
  • Driving negligently resulting in a fatality or damages
  • Refusing to take a Breathalyzer test
  • Committing a felony and using the vehicle as a means to do so

Being convicted of any of these violations could result in your license being suspended, fully revoked or the loss of your job. If you believe you were wrongly ticketed, an attorney can help you build a defense against the charge.

Source: DMV.org, "DUI Penalties truck drivers," accessed Sep. 21, 2017

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