Driving often feels like a commonplace activity, but it’s actually a large responsibility. The way you choose to drive affects not only your own safety but the safety of everyone else on the road. When you’re driving with a commercial driver’s license, that responsibility is even greater. Not only are you usually driving a larger vehicle that can do more damage, but you’re driving as a representative of your company, meaning you’re held to higher and more professional standards. The law reflects this heightened responsibility, as well, which is why getting a traffic ticket while driving commercially can affect your commercial license in a big way – more than it would if you were driving your personal car. How much it will affect you depends on a variety of things.
In some cases, the extent to which a traffic violation against your commercial license will affect you depends upon who you work for. If you’re delivering pizza, a speeding ticket probably isn’t going to do as much damage to your license as it would if you were driving a giant truck full of hazardous material. Even within the same industry, though, different companies have different levels of tolerance when it comes to certain, minor infractions. Check with your employer to find out how a ticket will affect you.
Another circumstance that will affect you is what kind of violation you received. If you were driving five miles over the speed limit, you’re probably not going to lose your license. If you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or you committed a hit and run, then you’re in much deeper trouble and will almost certainly lose your commercial license — and probably your job.
If you’ve committed a minor infraction, the effect it has on your license and your employment status might depend on your history. For someone who’s been driving with a commercial license for over ten years and accidentally drove through a stop sign the penalties are likely going to be a lot less than someone who’s driven through five stop signs in the last year. Obviously, specific penalties depend on your company, your state, the severity of the offense, and other circumstantial factors, as well.
Another factor that will influence how serious a commercial driver’s license infraction will be is what state you live in. States vary greatly in how they enforce traffic laws, and there are as many regulations as there are states. What can cause you to lose your commercial license in one state might warrant you no more than a proverbial slap on the hand in another. In some states, you can lose your commercial license indefinitely for a single speeding ticket, for instance. It’s important to do your research and keep up to date on not only your own state’s laws but the laws of any states you’ll be driving through if you’re a cross-country driver for commercial purposes.
Getting a ticket is always more complicated if you received it while driving commercially. Fortunately, Ticket Void has been working with commercial drivers just like you for years, and we can help you fight your ticket. Since any infraction against your CDL is a serious issue, we’re committed to helping you find the best legal representation for your case. With just a few pieces of information, we can pair you with the best commercial traffic attorney for the job. We’ll find someone in your state who is experienced, qualified, and knows how to handle the specific type of case you have. We’ll email you their information so you can get started right away. The initial consultation is free, so what do you have to lose? Protect your job and your license. Get started today, and exercise your right to fight.