Columbus, Ohio Criminal Defense, DUI / OVI, and Traffic Attorney

CDL Serious Traffic Violations

Under Ohio law, certain traffic offenses committed by commercial drivers are classified as serious traffic violations. The significance of this designation can have an impact on a CDL drivers insurance, employability, and license. If a CDL driver is convicted of 2 or more serious traffic violations in a 3 year period, their license may be automatically suspended for either 60 or 120 days. While they may be able to obtain permission to drive a personal vehicle during this suspension, they are disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle.

Ohio Law defines the following as serious traffic violations:

In a commercial motor vehicle:

  • Driving without a valid CDL license
  • Driving without your CDL license with you
  • Residing in Ohio longer than 30 days and driving with an out-of-state CDL
  • Obtaining a CDL License without surrendering all previous licenses

In any motor vehicle:

  • Speeding in excess of the speed limit by 15 or more miles per hour
  • Reckless operation on public or private property
  • Violation of a traffic law that involves a fatal accident
  • Failing to drive within marked lanes
  • Failing to maintain a safe distance behind another vehicle (following too closely)
  • Any other violation that the United States Secretary of Transportation designates by rule


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Columbus, Ohio 43215