What really is a bad driving record?

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  1. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

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    I’ve got two things on my CDL record. The company I recently got on with is acting like it’s a fairly big deal and I better not get busted again. I’m trying to figure out if they’re making a bigger deal out of it than it really is. Number one is a seatbelt ticket in a big truck, and number two is talking on the phone with no headset.

    I’m not trying to make excuses, but I know this thread will quickly derail with people preaching at me to always use a headset. My answer is I usually always do. I had a very important phone call and my headset was not available at the time.
     
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  3. Ridgeline

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    When I hire someone and they have a ticket on their record, I am supposed to weigh it with a formula (of sorts) to see if they can qualify for my insurance company.

    Here are a general list of offenses (but not convictions) that I have to look for and the position they on a list.
    #1 - DWI/DUI and other related traffic offenses
    #2 - speeding >15 over posted
    #3 - following too close
    #4 - using a hand held device/watching a movie (I am not kidding) while driving
    #5 - seat belt and/or distracted driving
    #6 - accident while DUI/DWI (this does not preclude #1, they are seperate)
    #7 - at fault accident that includes failure to stop in a clear assured distance
    #8 - debris falling off of vehicle
    #9 - more than two equipment failure tickets for the same issue
    #10 - invalid license and/or insurance
     
  4. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    I don’t use a headset. BestBuy sells an RCA jack that allows you to plug your phone into the stereo on the dash. I use this with phone calls. This, however, will not charge the phone so I have another plug that connects via the USB port in the radio to charge the phone. I have wireless ear buds to use for the time I have to take a call while the phone is charging.

    Forgot to add that the RCA setup allows you to speak and hear as if the person was in the truck with you.
     
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  5. Opus

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    Ironically, those are 2 very big deals. For many big companies, those (either one), are termination events.
     
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  6. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    2 VERY big deal breakers.

    I use Bluetooth to the radio
     
  7. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

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    So how long do they stay on my record?
     
  8. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

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    Seatbelts might not seem big but it’s a major hit to a trucking company safety score I don’t have any problem with a company being strict about something so easy to do.Cell phones in hand is a major issue for you and your company
     
  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Tickets are for life.

    How long they count for is a different story.

    You can get your lifetime mvr. It'll have every ticket you've ever gotten.
     
  10. Born2win

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    My lawyer told me do not get caught holding phone in hand... she said if so, nothing she can do for me. She said suspension at arraignment.. cell phone a big ticket here...
     
  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Those ARE big tickets. I think the fine for the driver can be up to $2,750 and the company fine can be up to $11,000. I've known drivers fired for one of those items. Drive like the cops and the boss are always watching, not like you are in your personal car on the weekend.
     
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