A Refresher Course in CDL Suspensions

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If you are new to trucking, (or simply need a quick refresher course) here are the major offenses, traffic violations and other revocations that all drivers NEED to know. No matter the state that you current reside or plan to move to all of your commercial drivers license (CDL) information is transferred. The information that will be transferred is anything ranging from violations, driving history and other offenses that are on your record. Your permanent residence will be notified of any offense that occurs outside of your home state.

Major Offenses Include:

  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Operating a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .04% or higher
  • Use of vehicle to commit a felony
  • Leaving the scene of an accident while driving any vehicle
  • Refusal to take an alcohol test while operating a vehicle
  • Causing an accident through reckless operation of a vehicle
  • Driving a vehicle while you have a prior offense committed while driving; CDL was suspended or invalidated

For any grouping of the above offenses, you can either be charged with a first offense or a second offense; which can determine how long your CDL is suspended for. First offenses result in the removal of you license for one year, where as a second offense results in your license taken away for life.

Traffic Violations:

  • Speeding 15 mph or higher above the posted speed limit
  • Negligent driving
  • Driving too close the vehicle in front of you
  • Traffic offenses that occur with traffic accidents
  • Operating a vehicle without the ownership of a CDL
  • Operating a vehicle without a CDL in your possession
  • Operating a vehicle without the correct class of CDL

Within a three-year period if two traffic desecrations are committed you will lose your CDL for 60 days. Within a three-year period if three traffic desecrations are committed then this will result in losing your license for 120 days.

There are also railroad crossing violations that need to have the necessary attention as well as all of the other violations. Be safe on the roads and drive straight so that any of these CDL suspensions do not happen to you!

Author: Hit The Road Jack

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