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Reckless driving and the fate of your CDL license

The Law Office of Mindy Paget Brill

When you drive a fleet vehicle for your employer in New York, reckless driving not only reflects poorly on you but can compromise the reputation of the company you work for. In serious cases, your behavior may impact your eligibility to maintain a CDL license.

A suspended CDL license may jeopardize your job. If your actions interfere with others’ safety, you may face serious legal consequences including costly fines or jail time.

Loss of privileges

Reckless driving involves any irrational behavior that compromises the safety of yourself and others. According to, traffic accidents cause a staggering 4,000 injuries each year in New York. Reckless driving includes behaviors such as the following:

  • Driving faster than the posted speed limit
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Following other vehicles too closely
  • Threatening other motorists
  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

The consequences of reckless driving when you have a CDL license are fairly stringent. Even a first-time offense may result in suspension or removal of your license. If you lose your driving privileges your employer may terminate you.

Loss of credibility

If you recover from reckless driving charges, having traffic violations on your record may still impact your credibility with other employers. Any job that requires you to drive a company vehicle may require a background check. They may look closely at your driving record to accurately assess your liability.

Improving your driving habits can help you regain credibility. Fortunately, making the mistake to drive recklessly does not have to mean the end of your career. Collaborating with an attorney may provide you with opportunities to minimize the impact of your choices on your job and your future.

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