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Georgia CDL Traffic Tickets
In addition to any consequences that a commercial driver may face due to the policies of his employer, the State of Georgia also has rules for commercial drivers that are more strict than for non-commercial drivers. As you know, a commercial driver’s driving record is also his/her job resumé. Insurance is also a major concern as liability premiums for a commercial driver can be very costly and today many insurance companies are dropping drivers if they have more than 2 driving points on their record.
Serious traffic violations for CDL drivers are defined in Georgia as the following violations:
- Speeding 15 or more over the limit.
- Reckless Driving.
- Improper or erratic lane change (except failure to signal).
- Following too closely.
- Any traffic violation in connection with a fatal accident.
- Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) without obtaining a CDL.
- Operating a CMV without a license in the possession of the driver.
- Operating a CMV without a CDL of the proper class and/or endorsements for the specific vehicle being operated or for the passengers or type of cargo transported.
- Railroad grade crossing violations.
Any driver convicted of two of the types of offenses (above) within a 10-year period will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for 60 days, a third conviction, 120 days.
- Operating a CMV or non-CMV while under the influence of alcohol.
- Operating a CMV with a blood-alcohol concentration of .04 or greater.
- Refusal to submit to a chemical test.
- Driving a CMV or non-CMV while under the influence of a controlled substance.
- Leaving the scene of an accident (CMV or non-CMV).
- Felony involving the use of a motor vehicle (CMV or non-CMV).
- Causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV.
- Operating a CMV when the driver’s CDL is suspended.
- Use of a CMV or non-CMV in the commission of a felony involving the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of a controlled substance.
- Racing on the streets and highways.
- Using a motor vehicle in attempting to flee or elude an officer.
- Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, cancelled, or suspended registration in violation of O.C.G.A. §40-6-15
- Theft of a CMV or cargo contained therein.
Administrative Per Se (Driving with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more pursuant to Georgia Implied Consent).
Any of the above violations will result in a disqualification. If the violation involves the commission of a felony involving the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of a controlled substance, the disqualification is for life. Otherwise, the disqualification is for 3 years when it occurs while the Commercial Motor Vehicle is transporting hazardous materials that require a placard. All other suspensions are for 1 year for the first violation, and lifetime for the 2nd violation.As you can see, there are many complications involving citations issued to CDL drivers. So, don’t delay, call the Law Office of Jason M. Ferguson, LLC today to see how we can help you.