CDL Traffic Violations
As stated above, the points system varies by state, but as a general rule, violations in commercial vehicles amount to about one-and-a-half the number of points given for violations in personal vehicles. Additionally, if you are a HAZMAT driver, regulations can be even stricter and penalties more severe.
The number of points given increases as the seriousness of the violation does, so you should be aware of the traffic violations that fall into the “major offense” category. These include:
- following too closely
- driving in excess of 15 mph over the speed limit
- improper lane changes
- causing a fatal accident by violating a major vehicle traffic control law
- reckless driving
- railroad crossing violations
- failure to possess your CDL while driving a CMV
- operating a CMV without the proper endorsement
- texting or using a handheld device while operating a CMV
In most cases, your CDL will not be suspended on your first violation. However, you could face suspension of up to 60 days if you commit another offense within three years, and up to 120 days for a third offense. In addition to suspension, you will incur costly license reinstatement fees when you eventually resume driving privileges, pay higher insurance rates, and in some cases, face possible jail time.
Having an attorney on your side who is experienced in defending truckers and helping protect their CDLs is important. We are licensed to practice in every state and have defended truckers and their driving records for more than 25 years. Let us put our knowledge of the law to work for you and your job.