Oklahoma CDL Violations; Serious Traffic Violations

Oklahoma CDL Violations; Serious Traffic Violations

Oklahoma CDL Violations; Serious Traffic Violations

Serious Traffic Violations

In addition to the stiff penalties related to DUI when a person holds a CDL (link to prior blog), there are also serious traffic violations that may result in disqualification or loss of a CDL.[1] “Serious traffic violations” are the following:

  • Excessive speeding (15 mph or more above the posted limit).
  • Reckless driving.
  • Improper or erratic lane changes.
  • Following a vehicle too closely.
  • Traffic offenses committed in a CMV in connection with fatal traffic accidents.
  • Driving a CMV without obtaining a CDL or having a CDL in the driver’s possession.
  • Driving a CMV without the proper class of CDL and/or endorsements.
  • Using an electronic communications device to read or send a text messages while driving a commercial motor vehicle.
  • Using a hand held cellular telephone while driving a commercial vehicle.

Penalties include:

  • First Offense: No loss of license.
  • Second offense within a 3-year period: For at least 60 days, if you have committed two serious traffic violations within a three-year period involving a CMV.
  • Third Offense within a 3-year period: For at least 120 days, for three or more serious traffic violations within a 3-year period involving a CMV.[2]

Traffic Violations in Your Personal Vehicle

The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA) of 1999 requires that a CDL holder be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle if the CDL holder has been convicted of certain types of moving violations in their personal vehicle.

If your privilege to operate your personal vehicle is revoked, cancelled, or suspended due to violations of traffic control laws (other than parking violations), you will also lose your CDL driving privileges. If your privilege to operate your personal vehicle is revoked, cancelled, or suspended due to alcohol, controlled substance or felony violations, you will lose your CDL for one-year.

Additionally, in Oklahoma, the law requires the CDL holder to notify his/her employer within thirty days of a traffic violation conviction. In addition, if you get a traffic ticket in another state, you are required to inform your employer and the Oklahoma Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you have questions regarding Oklahoma CDL violations, or other Oklahoma traffic tickets, contact one of our Tulsa criminal attorneys for a consultation. Our firm has been protecting the rights of Oklahomans for over thirty years.

[1] 47 O.S. Section 6-205.2

[2] https://www.ok.gov/dps/Driver_License_Suspensions/Commercial_Driver_License_Disqualification/Serious_Traffic_Offenses.html

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