Got Two Tickets

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Kash's Comment
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I’m from New Hampshire with a New Hampshire CDL I just got pulled over in New York because I went into another lane a little bit because I was trying to adjust my body in my seat. I got a ticket for “moving from lane unsafely” and a ticket for no insurance as my home state doesn’t require it. The cop was extremely rude and pulled me out of my car and started searching my vehicle without asking or saying anything about searching. I told him flat out I’m not drunk or high and I have no weapons. They continued to ask me why I have tattoos and why I have so much food in my car. I’m calling a civil rights attorney but if convicted I’m pretty sure my license will be suspended right?

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott's Comment
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I don't think so. Fight the tickets. If your home state doesn't require insurance, then I would think that beats that ticket. The other one seems minor as well. There are several companies that offer leagal services for drivers.

Pianoman's Comment
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Definitely fight them. Improper lane change is considered a serious violation, at least in Colorado where I'm from--not sure about New York.

Jan P.'s Comment
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States with no insurance also require you to have Proof of Financial Responsibility up to 25k set aside or pay some states a min each year. Did you do this or have you got this set aside?

There is no free ride sir, you can have cash or bond set aside in place of insurance but there is no place that says go drive the car have no financial ability to cover the accident and get off the hook while everyone else pays over there $ to the insurance companies. Well not in N/A. States with no insurance do require the driver to be able to be financially responsible so can you prove you have the funds set aside as insurance?

I think you need to review the laws in your state because if there was a place I could move to pay no insurance and drive around the country I would certainly change my address as would every other hard working fool out here.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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By the way, in a CMV the DoT can search your vehicle at any time even without your consent and without a reason.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Kash's Comment
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New Hampshire is the only state in the country that does not require insurance. I also was in my personal vehicle

States with no insurance also require you to have Proof of Financial Responsibility up to 25k set aside or pay some states a min each year. Did you do this or have you got this set aside?

There is no free ride sir, you can have cash or bond set aside in place of insurance but there is no place that says go drive the car have no financial ability to cover the accident and get off the hook while everyone else pays over there $ to the insurance companies. Well not in N/A. States with no insurance do require the driver to be able to be financially responsible so can you prove you have the funds set aside as insurance?

I think you need to review the laws in your state because if there was a place I could move to pay no insurance and drive around the country I would certainly change my address as would every other hard working fool out here.

Rob's Comment
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New Hampshire is the only state in the country that does not require insurance. I also was in my personal vehicle

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States with no insurance also require you to have Proof of Financial Responsibility up to 25k set aside or pay some states a min each year. Did you do this or have you got this set aside?

There is no free ride sir, you can have cash or bond set aside in place of insurance but there is no place that says go drive the car have no financial ability to cover the accident and get off the hook while everyone else pays over there $ to the insurance companies. Well not in N/A. States with no insurance do require the driver to be able to be financially responsible so can you prove you have the funds set aside as insurance?

I think you need to review the laws in your state because if there was a place I could move to pay no insurance and drive around the country I would certainly change my address as would every other hard working fool out here.

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Not that its important, but Iowa doesn't either. You're just legally required to show proof of financial responsibility.

PackRat's Comment
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Why would you not drive with insurance, whether required or not? This whole story sounds fishy.

Bud A.'s Comment
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New Hampshire is the only state in the country that does not require insurance.

Live free or die!

Definitely fight the tickets. Btw, did you object to him searching, or ask what his probable cause was? (Hint: tattoos do not make probable cause by themselves.) Although our rights have been stripped in commercial vehicles, we definitely still have some rights left from the Fourth and Fifth Amendments in our personal vehicles, even though the police state has encroached on them a lot since the mid-80s.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Reyn R.'s Comment
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Like everyone said, plead not guilty. Go to the court & show proof of your state's insurance policy. If that holds true, you're only on the hook for the unsafe lane change which the prosecutor would lower to a non moving violation with a minimal fine. I got pulled over for speeding Rockland County, NY. Long story short, at the date of hearing, the trooper himself changed it from speed to parking on the shoulder, paid a $76 fine with no points. Thank you very much sir, I'm outta here!

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