You’re driving across the plains and suddenly you see it, flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Everyone dreads getting pulled over, but as a CDL driver, it can mean your career is on the line. Want to get a better understanding of what getting a ticket can mean for your career? Keep reading.
When it comes to consequences, obviously, the severity depends on the type of ticket received. There’s a big difference between driving slightly above the speed limit and drinking and driving. Some of the more serious offenses bar you from holding a CDL license and ever applying for one again.
These serious offenses could include vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crime, DUI, or any felony charge associated with your commercial vehicle. Smaller issues such as incorrectly parking or speeding may not become an issue unless you receive multiple tickets regarding the issue over a period of time.
When decisions are being made about you and your CDL license, one of the biggest factors is your driving history. A couple of tickets over, say, a ten-year period isn’t likely to have a big impact on your ability to find work. But, if you are seen as a reckless driver, for instance several speeding tickets on your record on a consistent annual basis, the consequences could be severe.
A company could elect not to hire you, and even worse, your insurance could elect not to cover you for commercial driving, making your ability to find work in the industry impossible. Commercial driving is a big responsibility, adhering to traffic laws are (obviously) your best bet when it comes to keeping your record clean.
See flashing lights in your rearview mirror? Start running with a powerful plan in legal protection. ORDP connect CDL drivers with a lawyer whenever and wherever they need one. Hiring a lawyer dramatically decreases your chances of an offense showing up on your record, and even the likelihood of you having to miss work to show up for court! In the event of a serious infraction you should always seek the help of a law professional, but as a CDL driver, it makes sense to seek professional help every time. Our attorney network extends throughout the US and Canada, each experienced in their local courts. As a result, drivers and carriers get better outcomes – like 92% success rate better. When you’ve been protecting CDL drivers for 30 years, you tend to get a few things right.
Citations, tickets or points… contact us today and start running with the powerful plan.