Speeding Ticket. How Bad Did I Mess Up?

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Evelyn P.'s Comment
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Hi all, I've been doing tons of research, studying, hanging around the forums and doing whatever I could to prepare for a career change. I posted some questions on this forum a couple of weeks ago, and got lots of good feedback that helped me figure some stuff out. I quit my jobs last week. I am signed up to start with Careers World Wide on Monday. I have talked to recruiters at several companies and was feeling pretty good about things. Up until this morning I had a clean driving record. I haven't even been pulled over, let alone issued a ticket, in the last 23 years. But this morning I missed a sign and failed to slow down coming into one of those little nowhere towns on a state highway, and I got caught in the speed trap. I figured I'd get away with a warning considering my record, but nope. 4 point ticket, 12 mph over. I'm livid. I'm ****ed at myself for screwing up. But how bad is it? Did I totally screw my chances of getting hired with a trucking company? Should I call the recruiters at the companies I was interested in and see what they say? Thanks in advance. I know somebody on here has some words of wisdom.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike D.'s Comment
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IMO you are ok. I think 15 mph and above is where a problem may exist. It will show up on your back ground check once it is paid and processed, so you should tell which ever company recruiter you choose to go with regardless. Another idea would be to take an online safety driving course, it couldn't hurt and will help with your insurance company as well. They are like 5 hours long and cost like 20 dollars.

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 (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Fight the ticket. If you have to pay for an attorney it will be worth it. That brand new ticket can kill your career for several years. Good luck.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Fight the ticket. If you have to pay for an attorney it will be worth it. That brand new ticket can kill your career for several years. Good luck.

That is a much better idea!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Fight the ticket. If you have to pay for an attorney it will be worth it. That brand new ticket can kill your career for several years. Good luck.

You may luck out if you do. Around here is is a huge scam. You request a meeting right before trial with the prosecutor, they plead it down to a non moving violation, you pay a fine, and go to driving school.

The town keeps all the money and the state gets none, because it isn't a speeding ticket. Everybody wins

Susan D. 's Comment
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I agree. Do whatever you need to do to make it go away. Traffic school, an attorney, whatever.. non moving violation.. anything but speeding.

Turtle's Comment
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Fight it, but do it politely. Call the town clerk and explain your situation. Like Grumpy said, often those little podunk towns will either reduce a ticket or even change it to something else entirely. All they really want is the money.

A friend of mine got a "62 in a 50" ticket. He called and was able to reduce it down to some non moving violation and pay a hefty fine over the phone from several states away. The fine ended up being a couple hundred dollars or so more than the speeding ticket, but it was worth it. The town got their money, and kept the violation "in-town", so that it was never reported to the state, which kept his CDL clean. Good luck

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Splitter's Comment
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Here’s my experience, I hired a lawyer to fight a speeding ticket in Westchester, NY. He was only able to reduce the points but not the speeding ticket itself.

I went myself to fight a second one in Nyack, NY. It was reduced to parking on the side of the parkway with a fine of $76. Definitely call the town clerk & try negotiate. Like was said earlier, explain your situation & hope they understand.

Good luck!

Evelyn P.'s Comment
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Thanks Mike D. ! I didn't even know about the safe driving course. Couldn't hurt :)

Evelyn P.'s Comment
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Thank you so much all of you! I was afraid it was bad. I'll be calling the town as soon as I can this morning. If that doesn't help, my boyfriend found a lawyer who specializes in situations like this. I'm not gonna let this kill my chances!

Thanks again!

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