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Violations for commercial drivers in Louisiana will result in higher penalties and more severe consequences, including possible job loss and suspension of your license. Many employers have a zero-tolerance policy for commercial drivers who are convicted of a violation, so it’s important to keep your record clean. Drivers should be aware that any violation committed in your personal vehicle that results in the suspension of your license will also result in suspension of your CDL
Commercial drivers who commit traffic violations are assigned points on their driving record, which are recorded through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and available to any employer who may consider hiring you. When too many points accumulate, it can result in the loss of your license. Even minor offenses in a commercial vehicle can result in more points than would normally be given in a personal vehicle, and in some cases, offenses in your personal vehicle can count against your commercial driving record.
If you receive a ticket in Louisiana, it’s important to know that you should not just pay the fine without speaking to a legal representative first. By paying the fine, you are basically pleading guilty to a charge that could affect your driving record and, ultimately, your ability to keep driving.