The Motor Vehicle Code states that CDLs shall be suspended if the holder is convicted of:
- One “major offense,” or
- Two "serious traffic violations," arising from separate incidents, occurring within a three year period.
“Major offenses” all involve alcohol, controlled substances, or death.
"Serious traffic violations" are defined in 49 C.F.R. 383.51 and include only the following offenses:
- Speeding excessively (15 mph or more over the limit);
- Reckless driving:
- Making improper or erratic lane changes;
- Following too closely;
- Violating any state or local law in connection with a fatal accident; and
- Driving a commercial vehicle without a CDL in the driver’s possession.
I have a guy involved in an accident while driving a tractor-trailer on I-90. He was ticketed for Failure to Reduce Speed and Following too Closely.
According to the CDL Cheatsheet, he can take the hit for Failure to Reduce Speed, if it comes to that, without any consequences to his CDL. Looks like all I have to do is get rid of the Following too Closely.