Got a careless driving ticket in Kentucky, any lawyer recommendations for this?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by A Bug, Dec 2, 2021.

  1. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Sevierville TN
    Was thinking of stopping at a truckstop before I got up to Cincinnati to shut down because I felt the vibrations from the rumble strip so I knew I was getting tired, it was late at night. But instead I get lit up by the police who gives me a sobriety test because of the way I had been driving. They said I had done it a few times which I will not dispute. They give me a careless driving citation and let me go.

    I know this is bad, I am not signed up with any of those trucker lawyer retainer things, any advice on who to call here?
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  3. Lunatic Fringe

    Lunatic Fringe Medium Load Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Careless driving in Kentucky isn't as bad as it sounds. That's their catch-all charge for things like not using a turn signal or running a red light. It's less serious than a speeding ticket. Still, as a professional driver you should fight all tickets.

    Michael T. Burns (502) 792-7709 Louisville, KY
    Nathan Miller (502) 200-1872 Louisville, KY
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2021
  4. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    And maybe in the future, shut down before you get that tired?

    We, as drivers, DO have final say on the loads we will run - and how we run them.
  5. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Medium Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    St Malo mb
    If cop truly pulled you over in the name of safety and tickets you for careless due to being sleepy . Why did he let you go or not follow you to next safe spot to sleep. I’d fight the ticket even if I know I was tired which I try not to do btw .
  6. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    So you had “White Line Fever”, I would’ve said to the LEO, I got slightly distracted watching my mirrors to see who was following me, and it was you(LEO), you cause me to slightly ride the white lines……
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  7. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Minnesota tried that. Got slapped hard in court as there us no real way to actually test for fatigue.
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  8. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    the key to that ticket is going to be how your home state words it on your record. because ky words it as careless driving. wy mite word it as careless operations etc. this is whats going to count. best get a lawyer and have that changed
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  9. Antinomian

    Antinomian Road Train Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    We don't have the final say in where we can park a truck.
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  10. ibcalm19

    ibcalm19 Road Train Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Yes we do if you are not able to operate the vehicle safely. You find the nearest safe place. I was in a situation in Oklahoma. Some motorists had called in on me because I was weaving. I wasn't sleeping I wasn't feeling well. I passed the first exit ramp because it said no parking. I went to the next one & said I'm not going any further. The state police came questioned me if it was me weaving. I said yes. Long story short he said glad you pulled over stay along as you need to.
  11. Antinomian

    Antinomian Road Train Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    And if you worked for me I'd fire you for parking on that ramp. As a matter of fact, Landstar is notorious for enforcing their "sitting duck" policy. Given all the BS policies Swift imposed on us when I was there I'm kinda surprised they didn't have that one.

    BTW it's also illegal in many states.
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