Oregon CDL Traffic Violations: Commercial License Issues

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) violations can be costly and can seriously affect your livelihood. CDL drivers are not permitted to take plea bargains that involve diverted sentences.

Serious Violations

Serious traffic violations include (in any vehicle):

  • Reckless driving
  • Driving 100 miles per hour or more
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more

Serious violations while driving any vehicle:

  • 15 miles per hour over the speed limit
  • Operating without a driver’s license
  • Failure to carry a license or refusing to present in to an officer
  • Not driving in the lane
  • Unsafe passing
  • Following too closely
  • Driving on the left side of a curve, grade or intersection
  • Violating any other traffic violation if it is connected to a fatal accident

For a serious violation, the DMV will suspend the CDL for a period of 60 days if you are convicted of more than one violation or the second occurs within 3 years of the first. If you are convicted of a third offense within 3 years, it will be suspended for 120 days.

Major Violations

The DMV will suspend your CDL for at least 1 year if you are convicted of any of the following while driving any vehicle and being in possession of a CDL:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance
  • Having a blood alcohol content of .04 or more while operating a commercial vehicle
  • Refusing a chemical test in any state with an implied consent law
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Using the commercial vehicle to commit a felony
  • Operating the CMV when the CDL is revoked, suspended or canceled
  • Causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV

The DMV will suspend your CDL for life if you are convicted of 2 or more of these offenses. You may however be eligible for reinstatement after 10 years if you have not been convicted of any additional offenses. If it is reinstated and you offend again, the CDL will be suspended for life with no possibility of reinstatement. Additionally, if you are convicted of felony use of any vehicle for the manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance, you will lose the CDL for life with no chance of reinstatement.

Furthermore, the suspensions for out-of-service based on safety factors, hazardous materials and the type of vehicle being driven can be from 1 to 3 years depending on the number of violations you have

Federal Highway Administration and CDL Drivers

The federal penalties for a driver who violates CDL requirements are significant. There are civil penalties of up to $2,500. There could also be criminal penalties in aggravated cases with fines up to $5,000 and 3 months to 1 year in jail.

If you have been charged with a CDL violation or driving without a valid CDL, you should seek the advice and assistance of an experienced attorney. Remember, these violations can have a serious impact on your livelihood and your life.

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