Commercial Drivers Licenses & DWI Law
For most drivers getting a traffic ticket isn't a big deal. They sign the back, pay
a fine and it's over with. But, if you have a CDL and drive for a living, particularly if you drive for a trucking company, the consequences
of a simple speeding ticket can be dramatic. A single speeding ticket can take a driver off the road! In addition, commercial drivers
don't just face the usual traffic violations that most drivers do. They also face a whole multitude of violations contained in New
York State's Transportation Law (TL). These vary from different overweight violations (depending upon the road you're on the limits
are different), to having the right permits for the cab or trailer. The scariest part of this is that most TL violations are the responsibility
of the vehicle owner...BUT, the tickets are written to the driver! Some violations of TL are actually crimes. For example, a
log book violation is a misdemeanor offense in NYS. Even something as arcane as the Environment Conservation Law can bite a CDL holder.
A fuel tank leak can lead to a driver being charged with a misdemeanor for depositing a "noisesome substance" on a public highway.
For CDL holders a traffic violation conviction, even when driving their private car can have the same effect on employment as a conviction
while driving for work. If a driver wanted to just plead guilty, all too often the fine is only the beginning of a costly experience.
If the ticket was for a "moving violation" such as speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal or sign, failing to maintain lane, etc.,
the guilty plea is reported to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles where it becomes part of a driver's record. Each violation has
a statutorily prescribed "point" value that stays on a driver's record for 18 months. Speeding tickets have a minimum "point" value
of 3 and a potential maximum of 11. If a driver's point total reaches 11 or more points a mandatory mandatory 31 days suspension (for
first time suspensions) will be imposed unless the driver asks for a "license suspension hearing".
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