Individuals who operate large commercial vehicles have the responsibility of driving safely and adhering to the rules of the road. Due to the large size and heavy weight of semitrailers, large trucks and other types of commercial vehicles can cause significant damage in collisions. This is why there are stricter regulations and requirements for individuals who have commercial driver’s licenses in Ohio.
Those who have CDLs are held to a higher standard than those who have a regular license. This includes stricter limits on permissible BAC levels, stricter requirements for adherence to speed limits and more. Even a seemingly minor infraction could compromise a CDL license and impede a driver’s ability to continue his or her career. If you are a CDL holder, it will benefit you to understand what types of violations could affect your job and what steps you can take to protect your CDL.
Your ability to drive a commercial vehicle
You will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle in the event that you commit certain types of violations. The length of your disqualification depends on the type of violation and other factors, and it can range from 60 days up to the rest of your life. Examples of different types of violations and their penalties include:
- Refusal to take a drug or alcohol test while driving any type of vehicle – One-year disqualification for a first offense, two-year disqualification for the second
- Having a positive alcohol test in a commercial vehicle – 24 hours out of service up to a lifetime disqualification depending on the BAC level, type of chemical test and previous offenses
- Failure to stop after an accident in a commercial vehicle – One-year disqualification for the first offense, two-year disqualification for the second offense
Other types of potential violations range from causing a fatal accident to driving a vehicle on a suspended license and more. These matters can affect your career, your reputation as a commercial driver and your ability to support your family.
How can you defend your CDL?
After a violation, you will benefit from learning how you can defend your CDL. While every situation is different, there are ways you can fight back, preserve your interests and seek to keep your commercial license in good standing. As soon as possible after receiving a ticket or other type of violation, you may find it helpful to seek a professional opinion regarding your legal options.