Can a Speeding Ticket Put My CDL at Risk?

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While truckers get to enjoy the open road, they also have to deliver the goods in a timely manner. From construction to congested highways, some may consider picking up the pace to make up some time.

As one of the top 20 states for speeding enforcement, truckers in Georgia might want to consider sticking to the speed limit. If caught, it may have a major impact on a person’s record and job.

The Consequences of Speeding

While speeding might not seem like a big deal, the state considers it a serious traffic offense. CDL holders caught going 15 mph or more over the limit twice within two years may face losing their license for 60 days. A third offense during that period may mean a lost license for 120 days. As a demerit state, CDL drivers often get more points for offenses than standard license holders. People who have many demerits do not look good to employers, especially in an industry inherently filled with the possibility of an accident. On top of the loss of a license, each ticket comes with stiff fees.

The Severity of Moving Traffic Violations

If the traffic stop for speeding includes other infractions of the law, it may come with more serious consequences. The following may result in losing employment and a CDL license:

  • Changing lanes improperly
  • Driving recklessly
  • Following too closely
  • Driving without a CDL license in the vehicle
  • Violating railroad crossing laws

Another side effect of these types of tickets involves insurance. The more laws broken, the higher rates a person has to pay.

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