3rd Year Not A Great Start.

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Scratch2win's Comment
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So after 2 really good years to start my trucking journey it finally happened. I did something I considered really stupid. I was crusin along some road in Iowa and hit the cruise control. Forget to hit set instead hit resume. I was set at 65 speed and was traveling on a 55 stretch. Low and behold I see the blue lights on my bumper. I'm thinking to myself he going to pass me. Wrong he pulled me over. Had me dead to Wright's for about a mile or so. Got a worning ticket there wasn't anything to contest because it was my fault and I didn't think a citation would be beatable. Maybe I'm right maybe I wrong it is what it is. I let my safety manager know and sent the document in. Just waiting to see what the recourse of my stupidity is going to be. It's hard to be perfect all of the time.

PackRat's Comment
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You cannot do anything with a Warning Citation. There is no recourse, and you will have it show up on your DAC Report.

Try to always have a LEO write a ticket because you can fight a ticket, either personally in court, or have a lawyer do it for you.

I got a Warning Citation in NM in January of 2016 and it's still on my DAC.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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If you have been with your outfit for 2 years, have a decent driving record, and no prior failed inspections, you will probably get and oh poop letter in your file, have to get some remedial training, and you will have that on your CSA score for three years. That is if you have proven yourself to be a valued employee. 10 above the limit isn't great, but it is not the worst it could be. Good luck.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

Scratch2win's Comment
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How has this affected you over the years?

You cannot do anything with a Warning Citation. There is no recourse, and you will have it show up on your DAC Report.

Try to always have a LEO write a ticket because you can fight a ticket, either personally in court, or have a lawyer do it for you.

I got a Warning Citation in NM in January of 2016 and it's still on my DAC.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

PackRat's Comment
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I listed it on each job application, and maybe it was looked at during the background investigations. Other than that possibility, the citation for the "tractor rear license plate illuminating light not installed " has not been a problem for my employment.

It was a fishing expedition by the DOT officer. He couldn't get me on anything else after a Level 1 inspection, so he used that as the probable cause to pull us over.

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.

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