Originally Posted by docj
I've not found that to be the case. In fact, twice a LEO reduced or dropped the charge in order to avoid putting points on my record. Some of the things that are repeated on the internet as fact simply aren't true.
as the holder of a CDL(for over 25 years now
) the points and fines are higher no matter what I am
driving on duty or off duty. My
traffic tickets cannot be dismissed by taking a defensive driving course. I am
held to a higher standard because I am
a professional driver.
I fixed it so you might believe what I say has some fact to it.
As you stated the LEO, at his/her discretion, reduced or dropped charges to avoid points on your record. So it seems no fines or reduced fines were given to you at the time.
I got this from
Understanding the CDL Speeding Ticket Rules
vary from state to state, so truck drivers are encouraged to seek legal counsel when facing speeding violations. Such counsel can help not only address the immediate speeding ticket, but also the future effects such violations might have on your CDL.
When considering how a ticket will affect your CDL, keep in mind:
- There is no better policy than driving safely, and obeying all posted speed limits at all times. This may seem impossible when you will paid only by arriving at a particular point at a certain time, but the alternative (losing your CDL) is unacceptable.
- Depending on the state in which you are issued your speeding ticket, the points associated with that ticket might cost you more than you expect. In some states, a CDL holder will face 1.5 times more points for a speeding ticket than a non-commercial drivers license holder. That may mean that just one ticket could cost you your CDL.
- In most states, CDL holders cannot request to attend traffic school in lieu of points, like other drivers do. That means that once you have a ticket, and it turns into points, you have very little recourse.
- If you have multiple speeding tickets, you are much more likely to have your CDL suspended. So, if you are issued one speeding ticket and that does not result in your license suspension, be extra careful, because future tickets are likely to cost you your license.
- Driving only 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is a severe violation for CDL truckers. In some locations, even such a seemingly minor infraction can be charged as a misdemeanor.
- Speeding tickets mean more than traffic court Ė they directly affect your employment, and trucking companies care a lot about your speeding history. Even if you speed, have your CDL revoked, and later have it restored, the damage is done. Most trucking companies will not hire you back, and other companies will not hire you at all if you have had your CDL revoked at any point.