Reckless driving is not an offense that any driver wants to commit, but the consequences can be especially severe for drivers with a commercial drivers license (CDL). This is because a reckless driving conviction could affect your employment status, as you need your CDL to make a living.
If you have a CDL, you are required to let your employer know of any traffic violations or convictions you receive within 30 days. This is the case if you receive a DUI or a serious traffic violation. Serious traffic violations include:
- Improper lane switching.
- Following other vehicles too closely.
- Reckless driving.
- Violating a traffic control law that causes a fatal accident.
- Operating a commercial motor vehicle without your CDL on you or without a CDL at all.
If you receive a conviction for one of these violations, you face:
- 1st offense: No action is taken against your license.
- 2nd violation (within 3 years of the first): your CDL will be revoked for 60 days.
- 3rd violation (within 3 years of another): your CDL will be revoked for 120 days.
Because most commercial vehicle drivers use their CDLs every day during their jobs, if your CDL is revoked, you might not be able to work. So, to prevent this from happening, you should contact a defense lawyer immediately.