Traffic Violations for Truck Drivers
While drivers of passenger vehicles are subject to strict laws and punishments if they get a traffic ticket, large truck operators may be dealt even harsher penalties. The traffic citations in South Carolina have greater consequences for individuals with a commercial drivers license (CDL), some that could affect your ability to work now as well as in the future. Here are a few things you should know about the specific violations and penalties for truck drivers across the state.
There are some common violations that can lead to a CDL license revocation for 60-120 days if multiple tickets are given in three years, even if you were not driving a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the incident. These include:
- Driving recklessly
- Railroad highway grade crossing violations
- Operating a vehicle with required endorsements
In addition to these, there are also major offenses that lead to stricter punishments.
Lower BAC for Truck Drivers
While other motorists must adhere to a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration level, the weight and size of commercial trucks means they are more dangerous and must be driven even more carefully. CDL operators can be ticketed for drunk driving if their BAC is tested at over 0.04 percent. Driving under the influence of drugs can also lead to a ticket. If the driver is convicted of a DUI, his or her license can be revoked or suspended and lead to a loss of driving privileges for up to one year. If the driver is transporting hazardous materials, that can mean a three year license loss. In addition to DUI penalties, if a CDL driver is pulled over and refuses to submit to a breath analyzer test, they will also be subject to a license revocation for one year.
Requirement to Remain After Accident
While every driver should remain at the scene of an accident, truck drivers can lose their license for up to one year if they fail to do so. Their size and recognizable vehicle often makes it easy to track them down if they try to escape, so the best choice is always to stay if they are unsure.
Transporting Controlled Substances
If truck drivers are discovered to be involved in dealings with controlled substances, they will be subject to a loss of license for one year. This pertains to any involvement, including the manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of the substance. This is considered using a commercial license to aid in a felony.