Update And More Questions, About Tickets

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Amanda D.'s Comment
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I was on here awhile ago when my husband was in the process of researching trucking and starting trucking school. The first school, at a technical college, didn't work out (not his fault, the instructor was crazy, confirmed by the director of the tech college who was building a case to fire her) but he picked up at a private school and things went swimmingly. Got his CDL A two month ago and is currently in training with Werner.

He got a ticket today for running a red light and going 0-9 miles over the speed limit. The light turned yellow as he approached the intersection and he didn't have time to stop, then it turned red when he was in the intersection. Werner is keeping him on. He got 2 points on his CDL. His trainer is very upset with him. Husband is shaken and is concerned about how this will affect his CDL, his job prospects both inside and outside Werner and whether he can or should try to fight this in any way.

His driving record otherwise is spotless (although he has only been driving in the US for about 18 months). His CDL is from FL.

Thanks in advance.


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.
Chris S.'s Comment
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It is my understanding that if you are past the fog bar (wide white line) before the light turns red, then you are not at fault for running a red light. I might would talk to a lawyer. I wouldn't want running a red light on my record.

murderspolywog's Comment
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Was the 0-9 over the speed limit the same time as running the red light? This is how he makes a living now. Yes he needs to fight it, they have places that handle trucker tickets. Even ones that are past tickets but not settled yet he just has to wright down what happened and a lot of times a lawyer will represent him in court. Lots of time they can get the ticket reduced. And just an FYI for anyone getting into trucking, get a lawyer, defend your license.

Errol V.'s Comment
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If your husband can get to the court, here's don't things the judge might listen to:

(Admit you blew the yellow/red light)

* New, inexperienced Trucker
* Heavy load + new trucker (have a freight bill and/or scale ticket)
* Unfamiliar with the area

Judges can be understanding. Sometimes.


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.
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