North Carolina CDL Tickets

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If You Get A Ticket In North Carolina

North Carolina, like most states, enforces stricter driving standards for commercial vehicle drivers than regular drivers. Violations will result in higher penalties and more severe consequences, including possible job loss and suspension or removal of your license. Many employers have a zero-tolerance policy for commercial drivers who are convicted of a violation. Additionally, if you are convicted of any violation in your personal vehicle that results in the suspension of your license, you will also have your CDL suspended.

CDL drivers who commit moving violations in North Carolina will be penalized with points on their record. 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. An example of the number of points commercial drivers will receive for some of the most common violations include:

  • Speeding 15 mph over the speed limit: 3 points
  • Speeding in a school zone: 4 points
  • Failure to stop for an ambulance or fire truck: 4 points
  • Reckless driving: 5 points
North Carolina law states that any commercial drivers found guilty of violations while driving a commercial vehicle will not only receive increased points on their record but will also be penalized with double the fines and penalties, including jail time, that would be assigned for the same violation in a personal vehicle.

If you receive a ticket in North Carolina, 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.