If you’re a commercial driver, you know your commercial driver’s license (CDL) is essential to your livelihood. Losing your CDL, or even a few months’ suspension, can have severe consequences, including losing your job.
We’ll discuss some of the traffic violations that can lead to the loss of your CDL and what you should do if you are ever charged with any of them.
Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most common traffic violations that can lead to CDL loss. In New Jersey, the legal limit for commercial drivers is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04, which is half the limit for non-commercial drivers. If a CDL holder is convicted of a DUI/DWI offense, their CDL will be suspended for at least one year. Any subsequent convictions will lead to the loss of their CDL for life.
Serious traffic violations
Serious traffic violations pose a significant risk to public safety, such as reckless driving, excessive speeding, and driving too close. If a commercial driver is convicted of two serious traffic violations within three years, their CDL will be suspended for 60 days. Three or more convictions within a three-year period will result in a 120-day suspension.
Railroad crossing violations
Commercial drivers must approach railroad crossings cautiously and obey all traffic laws and signals. If a CDL holder is convicted of a railroad crossing violation, their CDL will be suspended for at least 60 days for the first offense, 120 days for a second offense, and one year for any subsequent offenses.
It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the toughest traffic laws, and a conviction can lead to losing your CDL, jeopardizing your livelihood and your family’s financial security. If you’re facing a CDL suspension or revocation, it’s wise to explore all your legal options.