How Do Traffic Tickets Affect Your CDL?

Tractor-trailers are sizable vehicles, requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate legally. For the safety of everyone on the road, the industry also looks at a potential truck driver’s record before giving them a CDL. After receiving the license, truckers must maintain a clean history, even when driving their own vehicles. Certain traffic offenses can significantly impact your career, but learning what situations to avoid will help ensure your status. 

What Traffic Offenses Can Impact My CDL? 

Minor Offenses

Having one or two tickets in the past 10 years will likely not impact your CDL eligibility. A small infraction, like incorrect parking, won’t be an issue. Likewise, minor speeding that isn’t more than 15 MPH will likely not have an impact. 

However, repeat offenses are different. If an Ohio-based truck driver has two violations within three years, their license may be suspended for at least 60 days. If three violations occur in three years, the minimum suspension is 120 days. Drivers Legal Plan specifies that these penalties apply to truckers even when in their personal vehicle. 

Major Offenses

Serious offenses will lead to an automatic disqualification from a CDL program. Current truck drivers would also face immediate revocation of their commercial licenses. These driving-related offenses include:

  • Excessive speeding.
  • Improper lane changes.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Tailgating.

Can a DUI Affect My Commercial Driver’s License? 

Truck Driver

Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics can have many effects on a trucker’s CDL. According to the Ohio BMV, convicted drivers will lose their CDL for a year. While all Ohio drivers have the right to refuse chemical testing during a stop, truckers will lose their CDL for a year as a result. If a trucker acquiesces to the test and has a blood alcohol count (BAC) of 0.04 or above, the Ohio BMV may impose a 90-day license suspension. 

What Should I Do if I Get a Ticket? 

If you receive a ticket, you must notify the Ohio BMV within 10 days to avoid a misdemeanor, even when driving out of state. According to Drivers Legal Plan, the Bureau will then assess the situation and determine if any action is necessary. 

After enrolling in Hamrick School’s accredited CDL program, you’ll receive the driving instruction you’ll need to avoid tickets. For over 40 years, their graduates have become some of the safest and most reliable truck drivers on the road. You’ll learn proper operational procedures, maneuvers, and tactics to navigate the road confidently. The school also provides comprehensive classroom experience to prepare you for a new and exciting career. For more information on their financial aid options and assistance for military service members, visit their website. To learn more about their day and night classes, call their Medina, OH, location at (330) 239-2229. 

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