Speeding Ticket

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Harvey S.'s Comment
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I just got a speeding ticket going through Oregon. I'm so upset because I worked so hard to maintain the speed limit all day at 55. Then a decline caught me of guard. Before I knew it I was flying down at 65+. The police officer said 70. I could be fired from my job because of this. The ticket says 69 mph. It's embarrassing as this is my first month truck driving and I've already jeopardized my career. It just Anders me so much that I was aware of speeding and I still screwed up. It only took a second to ruin my day. Any advice on what to do next? Im going to let my company know, but good grief I've barely been out a month and already got a ticket.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Relax dude. You didn't hit anything right? It will go on your record for a few years. If you get fired over 1 speeding ticket, you are at a hardcore company. I am sure safety will want a few words though.

Good thing he put 69 and not 70, that 1 mph is the difference between just speeding and a major infraction.

Gotta watch that speed.

Harvey S.'s Comment
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I can get carried away sometimes. Still this ****es me off.

Harvey S.'s Comment
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I can get carried away sometimes. Still this ****es me off.

David's Comment
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Call Safety and just let them know what happened. If they see that you cought your self and started braking then you may be safe. If your at a major company they can see you braking on the computers in the truck.

OR and CA are the worst states at 55mph. Ive never been caught in either at 60, but guess 69-70 is a bigger no no...

Good luck to ya sir. Im sure you'll be okay. Company will make you pay for it. I'd call first thing to whatever courthouse they gave you and see about a payment option. Get started on that ASAP. I got a ticket few months back for not having toll funds. forgot to call court to get it taken care of, but they let me send in a payment and was good to go.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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It was a trap, especially at night, your going up and down a bunch of hills, got it on the wood to climb the hill ,and don't realize when you topped a hill and start back down, of course it's our Job to realize we're speeding up, and not speed going down hill,,, but the Coppers know where to hide to catch you,, old days, trucks would Flash there headlites to warn of Troopers on the down hill side or announce on CB which dosn't get used much anymore... At least in Illinios most of the 55MPH BS is gone.

Kurt's Comment
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I just got a speeding ticket going through Oregon. I'm so upset because I worked so hard to maintain the speed limit all day at 55. Then a decline caught me of guard. Before I knew it I was flying down at 65+. The police officer said 70. I could be fired from my job because of this. The ticket says 69 mph. It's embarrassing as this is my first month truck driving and I've already jeopardized my career. It just Anders me so much that I was aware of speeding and I still screwed up. It only took a second to ruin my day. Any advice on what to do next? Im going to let my company know, but good grief I've barely been out a month and already got a ticket.

would it be possible to hire a lawyer and pay the fine and the lawyer and keep the points off your record. it work with automobile tickets if your driving record is decent. would definitly be more costly but would save you money on your personal ins. and keep points off your record

Rick S.'s Comment
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I just got a speeding ticket going through Oregon. I'm so upset because I worked so hard to maintain the speed limit all day at 55. Then a decline caught me of guard. Before I knew it I was flying down at 65+. The police officer said 70. I could be fired from my job because of this. The ticket says 69 mph. It's embarrassing as this is my first month truck driving and I've already jeopardized my career. It just Anders me so much that I was aware of speeding and I still screwed up. It only took a second to ruin my day. Any advice on what to do next? Im going to let my company know, but good grief I've barely been out a month and already got a ticket.

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would it be possible to hire a lawyer and pay the fine and the lawyer and keep the points off your record. it work with automobile tickets if your driving record is decent. would definitly be more costly but would save you money on your personal ins. and keep points off your record

Federal Regs pretty much preclude the same rules for CDL licensed drivers - as if you didn't have a CDL (just a regular Class E). So you're not "supposed to be" able to plead no contest, pay a fine and get no points. With CDL's, it's pretty much "beat it - or eat it". This might be especially true, in jurisdictions where the municipalities are using truckers as a "revenue stream" (speed traps). So it's either Dismissed - Not Guilty - or Guilty for CDL holders.

Hiring a lawyer and trying to fight it, might yield results - but if you were gotten on LASER (LIDAR versus RADAR) - they are a lot harder to beat.

Apparently - local Broward County Ticket Magistrates (attorneys that play judge because there are too many traffic cases for real judges to handle down here), are unaware of this rule - as 2 tickets I got in a POV, had "adjudication withheld" (no points) when my lawyer took care of them. When I told him about the rule and CDL's - he just shrugged and told me "gift horse". So be it - they're older than 3 years - so I'm not worried about them for future applications.

Rick

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.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Last year, I purchased a ticket to the California Highway Patrolman's Ball. I think it "ONLY" cost me around $274. I was caught doing 62 in a 55.

Dave

Harvey S.'s Comment
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Thank you for all the replies. I may consider a lawyer (driver at my company suggested to fight it) but I was caught with LASER, so it may be an act of futility. We'll see. Thanks again.

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