Reckless Driving Charge

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Milo A.'s Comment
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In december of 2007 I was involved in an car accident which was later determined to be reckless. I was told a reckless driving stays on your record for 10 years, but this is not completely true. I later found out that it is actually 10 years from the "last date of action" as I was put on probation due to the accident. The end of my probation is considered the "last date of action" which was in 2009. If I were to get a CDL , would a reckless driving conviction from that long ago put me at a MAJOR disadvantage? Will it be a MAJOR disadvantage from a hiring standpoint, being that it was so long ago? I heard reckless driving charges are only a problem for 3 years. I'm considering a trucking career, will this be a big deal?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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10 year old driving issue - you are probably OK.

Has your record been CLEAN SINCE THEN? Did you get SUSPENDED ALSO?

Rick

Milo A.'s Comment
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10 year old driving issue - you are probably OK.

Has your record been CLEAN SINCE THEN? Did you get SUSPENDED ALSO?

Rick

I don't recall it being suspended for the reckless, I don't think it was. But my license was suspended a couple years back for not paying a Red light camera Ticket, thus it wasn't really suspended due to points so much as failure to appear and pay fines. Would that effect me?

Rick S.'s Comment
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You are going to have to list the suspension for the "fail to pay" - and in the details, elaborate that is was a "fail to pay", not for moving violation penalty of other reason.

So you have a Red Light Ticket also, on your driving record? How recent? Anything else?

Rick

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You need to know the dates. They will ask for three years worth...but suspensions, DUI etc they may ask "have you ever" questions.

Be sure to read the question and give only what they want.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Milo A.'s Comment
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You are going to have to list the suspension for the "fail to pay" - and in the details, elaborate that is was a "fail to pay", not for moving violation penalty of other reason.

So you have a Red Light Ticket also, on your driving record? How recent? Anything else?

Rick

No, those were the two major incidences. Red light/Suspended license and a reckless driving technically 8 years ago.

Also, I do recall a speeding ticket from 5/6 years ago. But that's IT!

I feel like this could really effect me as a new hire.

You need to know the dates. They will ask for three years worth...but suspensions, DUI etc they may ask "have you ever" questions.

Be sure to read the question and give only what they want.

Well I have a suspension AND a reckless, should I be concerned?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

David O.'s Comment
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You should be able to find exact dates and charges via your county website. I was able to save all of my issues on a USB flash drive, that way if I need them, I won't have to search and download and decipher.

Milo A.'s Comment
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You should be able to find exact dates and charges via your county website. I was able to save all of my issues on a USB flash drive, that way if I need them, I won't have to search and download and decipher.

You brought up a good point, All of these incidences occurred in California, I am in Florida now. When trucking companies do a background of your driving record is it a NATIONAL DATABASE from ALL counties and states? Will a speeding ticket show up from over 3 years ago?

Rick S.'s Comment
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You brought up a good point, All of these incidences occurred in California, I am in Florida now. When trucking companies do a background of your driving record is it a NATIONAL DATABASE from ALL counties and states? Will a speeding ticket show up from over 3 years ago?

States of previous licensure will show, and records from those states will be requested. If your previous address was in Cali - and had a license there, they will pull MVR too.

This is 2017 - EVERYTHING is on a database somewhere.

If you GOT A TICKET, suspension, arrest or ANYTHING that falls into the time frame they are requesting - LIST IT ON THE APP - or be prepared to explain why you attempted to conceal it if (WHEN) you get caught.

Typically tickets and accidents are 3 years - suspensions are EVER. I had a suspension in Florida for points in '92 - I don't list it because it NEVER SHOWS UP - not even on my Florida Lifetime MVR. So I don't put that down.

Rick

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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