A traffic ticket is always a hassle, but if you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in California, it can be especially problematic. Whether you drive a bus, truck, shuttle, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you cannot afford to lose your CDL or the paychecks that come with it. Many people do not realize this, but when a CDL holder gets a traffic violation in their personal, off-duty vehicle, it can also affect their CDL status. If the commercial driver does not properly deal with these violations, but rather lets them accumulate, their job and livelihood as a commercial vehicle driver may be at risk.
In California, Commercial Driver’s License holders receive 1.5 times more points on their license for infractions than regular (non-commercial) drivers, even in their off-duty vehicle. They must take their driving more seriously, because even offenses that might seem small to a regular driver could quickly earn a CDL holder enough violations to have their Commercial Driver’s License suspended, revoked, or disqualified. Employers may also have their own policies and discipline regarding their commercial drivers who receive traffic violations, including probation and potential dismissal.
Citations for several off-duty traffic violations in particular put a California CDL holder’s job at risk. If any combination of the following offenses is committed twice in a three-year period, it can mean a minimum 60-day suspension of your Commercial Driver’s License: Speeding (15 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit), improper or erratic lane change, reckless driving, following too closely behind the vehicle ahead, or a drug/alcohol violation. Not only is speeding by itself a misdemeanor that can affect your criminal record, the consequences of a speeding violation to the holder of a Commercial Driver’s License are serious. CDL traffic violations are not to be taken lightly. If you find yourself having to deal with them, you can’t afford to face the judge alone.
If you are in danger of losing your California CDL, it is of the utmost importance that you contact a knowledgeable traffic attorney as soon as possible. We understand how off-duty traffic violations affect your CDL and personal driving records. With our help, you could potentially have your fines dismissed, points subtracted, and CDL saved. Let us go to court for you, contact Ticket Beaters today.