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Can traffic tickets impact your CDL license?

| Jan 26, 2021 | blog | 0 comments

When your job relies on a CDL license to operate your truck, you must practice extra vigilance in observing traffic laws in New Jersey. Your employer may provide incentives when you drive so many accident-free miles and maintain a clean driving record.

Understanding how traffic tickets could impact your CDL license can also encourage you to avoid reckless driving behaviors.

Power means responsibility

The power and size of your big rig can cause immediate danger to everyone around you when you drive irresponsibly. Because of this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA enforces strict consequences if you break the law. According to CDLjobs.com, some of the most serious moving violations include the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving over the posted speed limit
  • Committing a criminal act such as transporting something illegal
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Even if you commit a moving violation in your personal vehicle, your CDL license is in imminent danger of suspension or revocation. Either outcome could cost you your job and could put your career as a trucker in peril. Depending on your circumstances and the severity of your infractions, you could lose your driving privileges for as short as 30 days and as long as the rest of your life.

Handling a suspension

Getting your driving privileges back will involve the support and input of your employer and your local authorities. Often, prior to reinstatement, you will need to pay any legal fines and restitution. Once approved, your employer could put you on probation to encourage compliance until you have proven yourself again. If you feel that your case lacks fairness, you can dispute your ticket in court and petition for a different outcome.