Tips For Commercial Drivers When Being Pulled Over

Tips For Commercial Drivers When Being Pulled Over

Life-Saving Tips Commercial Drivers Need To Know When Pulled Over For Speeding

There are 9,717 people killed due to speeding on the road in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding accounted for 26 percent of all recorded traffic fatalities last year. Aside from possible lost lives and severe accidents, speeding and other traffic violations like distracted driving can have an adverse effect for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) owners. These violations can have your CDL revoked if you are a repeat offender. Here are several pointers that you need to know in case you get pulled up for speeding or other traffic violations.   

What You Need To Know About The CDL Speeding Ticket Rules

There are different speeding laws across all the states in the US. That is why it is highly recommended for truck or other professional car drivers to seek legal help if they happen to face speeding violations. In fact, there are several states where you can get more points for speeding violations like Delaware, Colorado and New Mexico. Reaching out to a legal counsel would be a good idea to help you with your case. They are the ones who know how to immediately handle the speeding ticket and any possible traffic violation without having the CDL removed. This will allow CDL holders to continue driving their trucks and other vehicles without the risk of confiscation.

What To Do If You Get Pulled Over?

If you are already caught speeding by a police officer, you must always remember to watch your tone to avoid sounding arrogant. It may be tempting to argue with the officer, but it will only make matters worse. You must also avoid telling lies and remain calm while talking with the officer. You must always keep your hands where the police officer can clearly see them. This will prevent any situation where the officer will get suspicious if you make a sudden movement. More importantly, you must always show your respect to the officer who pulled you over.  

What Will Happen To Your CDL If You Have A Speeding Violation? 

In most states like Florida, you will not be allowed to lessen your penalty points or reduce speeding fines by using the driving school option. So if you already incurred a ticket and it turned into points, you have no other choice but to accept the penalties. If you already received multiple speeding tickets, your CDL will possibly get suspended. And aside from going through all the hassles of going to the traffic courts to deal with your speeding penalties, it will also leave a negative mark on your employment record. If your CDL will get suspended, most trucking companies and other employers with commercial vehicle businesses will most likely disprove your application for their job posting.  Getting caught with speeding violations can be detrimental to your work as a commercial driver. That is why you must always make sure that you are complying with the laws of each state that are included in your route. This will help you avoid any possible complications and allow you to keep your CDL to continue with your work. 

Credits: Jennifer Dawson

Top 3 Pain Points for Fleet Owners

Top 3 Pain Points for Fleet Owners, safety track -truck driver

When customers call Safety Track about fleet cameras and GPS, it’s usually after an event, like an auto accident or a lawsuit. Safety Track’s fleet cameras and GPS tracking could’ve helped prevent both of those unfortunate events.

“A lot of our customers come to us after the fact, but we would like to get more proactive,” said Tyler Schneider, director of IT operations for Safety Track. 

Companies with fleets deal with safety concerns every day. Sometimes they are industry-specific. But others are universal to all fleet operators. Here are the top three safety pain points that drive customers to Safety Track.

Pain Point 1: Staged Accidents

Schneider says a lot of customers deal with staged accidents, where another driver targets a truck with a company name or logo on it and tries to cause an accident. Then the fraudster files a false insurance claim or a lawsuit against the fleet truck owner.

“Maybe a car cuts off a truck or a car stops suddenly, causing a truck to rear-end it. If they did it intentionally, we capture that with a camera system,” he said.

It’s such a dangerous problem that some companies have removed branding from their trucks to reduce the risk.

Safety Track can send the video of the event from a dashboard camera, side cameras, and a rear camera, so you will have proof to protect yourself. 

Some customers also use videos for training. One of the best ways to reduce risk is to train your drivers so they understand expectations and can respond appropriately in certain situations.

Pain Point 2: Distracted Drivers

Fleet owners rely on drivers to take care of their vehicle while they do their job. At a time when cell phones are ubiquitous, it’s no wonder that driver distraction is one of the top safety concerns for companies with fleets.

Another concern: falling asleep behind the wheel. It’s a legitimate concern, especially for people who make a living driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowsy driving may be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal crashes a year.

Safety Track’s newest camera system can sense whether the driver closes his eyes for too long, takes a drink of water, or looks at his phone. The system then issues a driver alert to the dispatcher and gives a verbal warning to the driver.

Some customers have used this feature to create an incentive system using the driver scorecard, which scores a driver’s performance based on alerts, Schneider said.

Pain Point 3: Tracking Fleet

Companies expect drivers to take lunch breaks and other breaks as needed. But in some cases, the breaks become daily pit stops off of the assigned route which can throw off a service or delivery schedule, increase gas costs, and reduce overall efficiency.

That’s why Safety Track offers GPS tracking services for fleets that can notify the company if a driver has veered off route, where they are, and for how long. Some companies even use the GPS tracking system as a timecard for employees.

Adding fleet cameras and GPS tracking system can result in lower insurance rates, because it helps improve driver performance and lower liability risks, Schneider said. The systems can also reduce insurance claim costs, said Schneider.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.