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Can an off-hours ticket mean losing your CDL?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2022 | Blog, Traffic Offenses |

Drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license for work should have impeccable driving skills, even while operating personal vehicles.

Obtaining a CDL requires a rigorous knowledge-based exam as well as a commercial vehicle driving test. Indiana truckers, bus drivers and commercial drivers must also follow the rules set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Non-serious traffic violations

While commercial drivers maintain separate credentials for work purposes, they should keep an eye on their personal driving records. Traffic violations that are not typically major, such as speeding (less than 15 mph over the posted speed limit) or tailgating can earn points against a driver’s license. Conviction of multiple traffic violations can result in the suspension of both personal and commercial driver’s licenses.

Major offenses

Indiana and federal law mandates CDL revocation for some types of serious violations including:

  • Driving while impaired
  • Driving with a BAC of .04 or higher
  • Refusing a DUI detection test
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Using a vehicle to commit a felony
  • Using a car to traffic persons or distribute controlled substances
  • Driving without a license or with a suspended, revoked or out-of-service license

CDL holders who commit these significant offenses in a commercial or personal automobile risk losing their driving privileges as well as their employment opportunities.

To avoid risking your specialized driving privileges, you should understand the differences between your CDL and personal driving records, as well as how your off-the-clock behavior behind the wheel can affect your ability to continue earning income.