Wyoming CDL Traffic Violations: Commercial License Issues

A commercial driver license (CDL) is a specific type of license. It allows the holder to operate vehicles of a certain type. With this license come certain responsibilities. These include the following of traffic laws. In fact, due to the nature of the vehicles they drive, CDL holders are held to stricter standards. This is true whether the issue concerns failure to stop, reckless driving, improper lane changes or driving while under the influence (DUI). The violations may be the same as for someone with a regular driver's license, but the penalties are stiffer. In Wyoming, failure to follow the traffic rules may result in the loss of your CDL for life.

Moving Violations

A moving violation occurs when a vehicle breaks the law while in motion. These are the most common type of infractions committed by drivers, including those with a CDL. In Wyoming, a CDL holder is faced with the following results for failing to follow the law.

Violation: Speeding

Fine: Maximum $200
License Suspension: 1 year with four convictions, otherwise 90-day suspension
Jail: On record for 3 years

Violation: Running a Stop Sign or Red Light

Fine: $100-$750
License Suspension: Possible after second violation
Jail: Possible

Violation: Failure to Stop or Yield

Fine: $100 to $750
License Suspension: Possible 1 year if not first conviction
Jail: Possible

Violation: Reckless Driving

Fine: $200 - $500
License Suspension: Yes
Jail: 30 days to 6 months

The above penalties increase if a fatality, injury or serious property damage result from the offense. Other aggravating factors are the result of frequency since Wyoming, unlike many other states, does not currently employ a point system. Its approach is similar and simple. If anyone holding a CDL has four violations resulting in convictions within a period of 12 months, he or she automatically loses their CDL. Furthermore, if the CDL holder has a second serious offense, he or she will be disqualified from holding a CDL for a year. This term will stretch to three years if the driver was hauling hazardous materials at the time.

CDL Specific Violations

Certain violations apply only to CDL holders. In Wyoming, this includes over-weight issues, logbook violations, towing infringements, and violations of both grade restrictions and lane changes. Speeding while towing results in a maximum fine of $300 and possible license suspension. The exact amount depends upon different variables:

  • The amount over the speed limit
  • The type of road
  • Whether the offense is a first or second offense
  • The number of total infractions within a 12 month period

The other CDL specific violations may incur harsh penalties.

  • In the case of over-weight issues, the fines range from $125 for being up to 2,000 lbs. overweight to $850 for being up to 20,000 lbs. over. In addition, an extra $200 is added for each fraction of or 1,000 pounds over the 20,000 pounds.
  • Logbook violations can result in a fine for your employer. It has a maximum penalty set at $11,000 for a single violation.
  • Grade restrictions result in a fine and possible jail term as well as suspension.
  • Lane violations can result in fines upwards from $200.

In specific instances, these CDL specific violations can result in a lifetime disqualification from a CDL.

DUI Penalties

No alcohol or other controlled substance is allowed while a truck driver is on duty. In Wyoming, a first offense with 0.04 results in a fine of $750. The license is suspended for one year. If the driver was pulling hazardous materials, suspension can last for three years. In both cases, jail time is possible for up to six months. If this is a second offense, the CDL holder faces a lifetime suspension.

A DUI is a serious affair. Holding a CDL license while driving drunk off duty will still negatively impact your right to drive. The lengthy suspension can still occur since you possess a CDL license.

Impact on a CDL

If you have a CDL in Wyoming, the result of a conviction can be devastating. It can result in:

  • Loss of your license
  • Possible firing from your employment
  • Inability to work for any other trucking company

This holds true for a driver whether he or she receives the ticket inside or outside the state. Depending upon the regulations, if you have your license revoked in one state it is applicable across the country.

Options for your Defense

It is critical that you talk to an attorney. Once you are convicted of a traffic violation, it may be too late. In Wyoming, a knowledgeable lawyer can help you prepare a skilled defense. This may involve a conditional discharge, appeal to another court or a technicality.

It is also possible to have a Trial Declaration (affidavit) in Wyoming. This defense takes the form of a letter concerning the case written by the defendant and given directly to the judge. You will need the help of an attorney to ensure this measure is the best route for you to take.

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