Dash Cam Violation Clean MVR But No Experience

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Clay S.'s Comment
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Hello everyone hope all is well, I went to swift trucking school and passed, started driving for them until the day of upgrade but they called me in and termed me for a dash cam violation. So far I haven’t been able to find anyone that will give me a chance western express doesn’t hire out of Texas anymore. The violation was going through a light right as it turned red. Other than than everything is clear on my record so I’m trying to figure out where I could possibly go to that gives chances for situations like this?

PackRat's Comment
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What was the violation that the Safety Department viewed FROM the dashcam video?

PackRat's Comment
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I read your post again, and see running a red light. That's safety and a big deal. All you can do at this point is apply everywhere you can and see what answers you receive. When you talk with any recruiters, OWN YOUR MISTAKE. Accept the error and explain what you would do differently in the future for the same situation.

Hiring is tight right now and you have very little experience. You should find something, although it may take awhile. Don't give up if this is what you truly wish to pursue.

G-Town's Comment
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Agree with below.

And whatever you do; please don’t call it a dash cam violation. You went through a red light. Think about how you can learn from it and prevent in the future.

I read your post again, and see running a red light. That's safety and a big deal. All you can do at this point is apply everywhere you can and see what answers you receive. When you talk with any recruiters, OWN YOUR MISTAKE. Accept the error and explain what you would do differently in the future for the same situation.

Hiring is tight right now and you have very little experience. You should find something, although it may take awhile. Don't give up if this is what you truly wish to pursue.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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To coincide with what G-Town has stated, calling this a "dash cam violation" is misrepresenting what actually took place. It sounds like you are trying to minimize.

The best way to own it is to say that you ran a red light and no citation was given. From there, if asked, you can elaborate on what happened and how you plan to avoid the same error in the future.

As for companies to consider, there is a refrigerated company with a terminal in Rockwall, TX. The company is TransAm. It's not a great company in how they train new drivers, but I have talked to experienced drivers who like driving for them. They have some dedicated accounts that seem to pay pretty well.

Another company is Premiere Refrigerated Transport. They have a lot of loads between Dallas and Houston, while also running to CA quite a bit. No idea if they would be a good fit for your home time needs.

You might have to be willing to be flexible on home time in order to find a company willing to give you that chance you need. The alternative is to sit out of trucking for a bit until companies are less conservative in how they are hiring. Right now trucking companies are mostly pretty picky in choosing applicants to hire. Company hiring practices are cyclical, so hiring practices that may not be favorable to you right now can change down the road. Only you know what ultimately is the best way to go for you.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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In my previous comment, I mentioned your home time preference. I got your post confused with another. Please disregard that part of my comment.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Our Safety department reviews ALL dashcam "alerts/". By that I mean, if a light turns red at anytime the vehicle is moving through the intersection, it is recorded and instantly sent to safety for review. Then, safety determines whether or not the driver had time to safely stop the vehicle.

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