Serious Criminal Traffic Offenses in California
Logbook – I commonly see driver’s getting logbook violations when they pass through CHP weigh stations or are pulled over for other traffic violations. A logbook violation is a moving violation in most instances and carries high CSA points in California Law. Logbook violations along with another traffic violation make plea bargain negotiations very difficult and substantially raises the fines. Logbook violations lead to Out of Service Orders and other harsh penalties. California Hours of Service are different from the Federal Hours of Service. (Please refer to the California Commercial Driver Handbook printed by DMV)
Serious Traffic Offenses in California -
Serious traffic offense include
- Excessive speeding (15 mph or more above the posted speed limit)
- Reckless driving
- Improper or erratic lane changes
- Following a vehicle too closely
- Driving a Commercial Vehicle (CMV) without obtaining a CDL
- Driving a Commercial Vehicle without CDL in possession
- Driving a CMV without the proper class of CDL and or endorsements
- Traffic offenses committed in a CMV in connection with fatal traffic collisions
You will lose your CDL for at least 60 days if you commit two serious traffic violations within a three year period and 120 days for three or more serious traffic violations within a three year period
Photo Red Light in your personal or commercial vehicle – Right Turn Failure to Stop – A lot of people make the mistake of not stopping before turning right on an intersection with a red light photo. This will be an automatic ticket.
DUI - A first offense DUI in your personal or commercial vehicle is a one year license suspension for commercial drivers. A second DUI is a lifetime ban. The legal limit in your commercial vehicle is .04 and a .08 in your personal vehicle in California. The consequences of a DUI are extremely severe for commercial drivers so please do not take the slightest risk.
Distracted Driving Tickets – Failure to use a hands free device, texting etc. Most companies are taking harsh measures and adverse employment consequences on these type of tickets. Avoid getting these tickets on your driving record and check your employer’s policies for this violation. Priors make the fine sky rocket.
(a) Any trailer bus, except as provided in Section 21655.5, and any vehicle subject to the provisions of Section 22406 shall be driven in the lane or lanes designated pursuant to subdivision (a) whenever signs have been erected giving notice of that designation. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, when a specific lane or lanes have not been so designated, any of those vehicles shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right edge or curb. If, however, a specific lane or lanes have not been designated on a divided highway having four or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, any of those vehicles may also be driven in the lane to the immediate left of that right- hand lane, unless otherwise prohibited under this code. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, the driver shall use either the designated lane, the lane to the immediate left of the right-hand lane, or the right-hand lane for traffic as permitted under this code.
This subdivision does not apply to a driver who is preparing for a left- or right-hand turn or who is entering into or exiting from a highway or to a driver who must necessarily drive in a lane other than the right-hand lane to continue on his or her intended route.