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Hobo's Comment
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ALL of the suspensions are due to the accident where I was on 2's.

From what you've said it seems like they were due to you not completing traffic school. On 1/19/18 how did you find out you were driving with a suspended license?

Oz's Comment
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Yes, thankfully avoided. I mentioned being homeless for a bit. That was a major problem for over a year. No address meant no notices from the DMV ever reached me, unfortunately. I got paranoid after the following suspensions and took it into my own hands (after finding my feet again) to make sure nothing else was going to happen. Sure enough, DMV never received paperwork from insurance company. Not so much as a toe over line after all has been said and done. I understand I screwed up big time with the speeding ticket and paid 500+ for it too. The accident happened on the one day without my helmet cam attached.

0782106001561922551.jpg Was turning South same lane as the rig in the picture. Other vehicle was turning South from opposite side. There is a yield on that side (no matter, not the lane I'm entering) as I cleared the opposite side, they cut straight into center lane. I locked brakes trying to stop and swerve. Handlebar clipped their fender and I went down. $100 paint damage (theirs), some scratched up fairing (mine), and paid roughly 5k to keep my license as it stands today. And here are. If anyone was curious.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Banks's Comment
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Suspensions say that you're irresponsible.

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NOT always lol......I had a ticket in Sept 2014, while living in Arizona, I going home from work. Well, @ the end of Sept. I broke my shin bone in 1/2@ work.3 months later in December, my license was up for renewal, but since I was in a full leg cast etc I let it lapse.. I figured I would be out of service 9+ months and didn't need it, and since was off work, didn't have funds to renew it.....Fast forward March 2017 , went to renew my Calif license, when i found out I had this "suspension" looming. Went to ADOT/Az court made a deal pay off fine for ticket in payments. Kept up to date every month on paying it down, nd moved back to Calif. Well when I lost my last job, I couldn't keep paying on it, and once again, now my Valid license was on suspension from Arizona court, but had not reached Calif DMV yet, so it never showed up as suspended the 2nd time. Which I sold my custom '68 Beetle to pay it off, and fix my license once again.....

Thought it was kinda weird how could they suspend something, that wasn't even valid @ the time hmmmm......Besides all that, I had never since I was 16 had my license suspended, or ticketed .

I get it. Things happen and your license gets suspended. Trucking companies don't look at it that way. One suspension is tough, multiple is nearly impossible. This is saying that you're irresponsible. That may not be the case, but that's how it looks.

Think of it this way, if you get hired on by xyz transport and you get into an accident. Your license is suspended and nobody ever knew, who is liable? Or if you get pulled over and get arrested. Now they have hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment on the road and their customers freight just sitting there.

That's how they're looking at it. They don't want those problems or that press.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Oz's Comment
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Again, thank you all. Keith A, PJ, Rick S, Banks, Stevo Reno, Rainy, Susan D. I'll keep at it and safe as I can be with my nose on that grind stone. Shiny up, rubber down.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I just want to add, as clarification, prior to my returning to Knight, I had scored a license suspension and two tickets inside of about three months (this is early 2016). I put two years in at a trash company with the goal of keeping my nose clean (I don't honestly know what prompted that employee to hire me, at this point in time those two tickets were all less than a month old), and the suspension came about six months later, give or take.

I pulled that off, and came back to Knight January of last year-- they hired me under that three year window, but I'd kept my nose *very* clean in that. Now I'm at three and a half years since anything's been added to my record. It is very doable but you can't play around with it, it is not a game out here. With your record I really think you're looking at two years clean, but imo you should set a goal of three years with *nothing,* not even a defective equipment plea or anything else of the sort. Prove to yourself and the companies you know how to buckle down. Treat that license like a family heirloom handed down six generations.

Best of luck Oz, keep your head about you and you can pull it off.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Suspensions say that you're irresponsible.

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NOT always lol......I had a ticket in Sept 2014, while living in Arizona, I going home from work. Well, @ the end of Sept. I broke my shin bone in 1/2@ work.3 months later in December, my license was up for renewal, but since I was in a full leg cast etc I let it lapse.. I figured I would be out of service 9+ months and didn't need it, and since was off work, didn't have funds to renew it.....Fast forward March 2017 , went to renew my Calif license, when i found out I had this "suspension" looming. Went to ADOT/Az court made a deal pay off fine for ticket in payments. Kept up to date every month on paying it down, nd moved back to Calif. Well when I lost my last job, I couldn't keep paying on it, and once again, now my Valid license was on suspension from Arizona court, but had not reached Calif DMV yet, so it never showed up as suspended the 2nd time. Which I sold my custom '68 Beetle to pay it off, and fix my license once again.....

Thought it was kinda weird how could they suspend something, that wasn't even valid @ the time hmmmm......Besides all that, I had never since I was 16 had my license suspended, or ticketed .

How is that suspension not your fault? You were suspended for not paying the ticket. Paid on it until you couldn't, Then transfered to another state and it followed you. Did I get that right?

So you didn't pay, which was your fault. You did the responsible thing and did what you needed to to pay it. good for you. Had you done the to begin with there wouldnt have been a suspension. But wholy cow.... how much was it??

To Oz, I should apologize. I am quite blunt sometimes and at times when we get a couple new posters at once who have this idea that trucking is so wonderful when they don't really know if that is true....all they did was watch some YouTube videos (usually of morons complaining or bragging, sometimes both). then they throw out all of their DMV, DUI , poor work history etc..... to me it comes across as very, very disrespectful to those of us who are out here every day doing the job.

It is like saying "I got all D's in high school, but I decided I am going to Harvard. You did it, so can I." See what I mean... it is a lack of respect for the intense effort we put into keeping our records clean both before and after trucking. And it comes across to me that someone who seriously wants to do this needs to consider everything. Consider all of the risks. Go watch some of those winter WY or MI accident videos or google "Semi accident death" and see the drivers who got to jail for killing someone or die due to one stupid mistake.

So many people romanticize trucking. I love it, but it isn't all fun and games and traveling.

I would rather yell at you to get your butt in gear than see you dead on the side of the road for not taking this seriously.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol Rainy, yes, it turned out to be $1,507 fine since I FTA with broken leg/no ride to court. But I did get set up on a payment plan with the Az court. I wasn't trying to get out of it at all. And after coming back to Calif, I kept on paying them right up until I lost my job here in 10/18.....And without any income source, I couldn't pay until I could sell off some excess crap I no longer need.....

Besides, the ticket was actually kind of a fluke, radar does NOT turn corners to read your speed (his reason for stopping me he claimed, why argue and make it worse) ............... The Police were looking for a little red car in the area, for a guy who ran off with friends 8 year old daughter. I happened to be IN a little red toyota, so guessing copper thought he had the guy.....They did days later once they caught him, and sadly they found the girl in shallow grave not too far from her home

hahahaha am lightening my load, getting down to bare minimum of "stuff" Less to deal with selling it all off later when I am ready to move to Asia to retire....

Only tickets I used to get in my youth were equipment violations....the CHP loved nailing me for my VW's in 1 city by a huge mall, especially my red '66.....For being too low, modified engines/ tail lights, exhaust, or as simple as beads hanging from the mirror lol (fix it tickets) Easy fix, quit going to that area = no tickets, lol

Oz's Comment
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Nothing taken personally Rainy. I understand where you guys come from. I put a lot of thought and talked to friends who OTR before making the decision. It's not something I take lightly either.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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