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Traffic citations and CDL drivers in Pennsylvania

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Truck drivers based in Pennsylvania should understand the importance of maintaining a clean driving record. Professional tractor-trailer drivers could find themselves in serious trouble after receiving a citation. If the driver’s DMV record reflects troublesome violations, the driver could lose their license and job.

Moving violations and commercial driver’s license

Traffic laws vary from state to state, and those holding a CDL license in the Keystone State should familiarize themselves with the consequences of committing a moving violation. Those who commit serious offenses risk losing their license and livelihood. In Pennsylvania, a CDL holder could face a disqualification of their privileges for serious offenses. The disqualification might be temporary or permanent.

A CDL disqualification may occur when a driver faces a conviction for a major offense or gets convicted of a serious traffic offense. Persons convicted of two major offenses could recieve a lifetime disqualification. With one conviction, the disqualification is temporary, and the duration depends on the offense.

A major offense can include driving under the influence or causing a fatality because of negligent driving. Serious violations involve things like driving more than 15 mph over the speed limit or making unsafe lane changes.

Dealing with traffic violations

Two convictions of serious offenses within three years can lead to a 60-day disqualification. Three or more within three years may result in a 120 disqualification. Driving safely and avoiding traffic violations could protect a truck driver’s livelihood.

It bears mentioning that convictions result in sanctions against the driver. Although someone receives a traffic ticket, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will be convicted. In some instances, a driver may be able to present evidence that disproves the claims made against them. Truck drivers who win traffic court cases may avoid having their CDL disqualified.

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