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What is a Moving Violation?
A moving violation or traffic violation is any breach of traffic laws committed by a driver while the vehicle is in motion. They differ from non-moving violations, such as parking offenses, which occur when the vehicle is stationary. Moving violations can range from minor offenses, like failing to signal, to serious infractions, such as reckless driving or driving under the influence.
Common Moving Violations in Trucking
Here are a few examples of moving violations that are particularly relevant to truck drivers:
Speeding: Exceeding the posted speed limit is a common moving violation. For truck drivers, it’s essential to note that some states have separate, lower speed limits specifically for commercial vehicles.
Improper Lane Change: This includes failing to signal a lane change, changing lanes in an unsafe manner, or using a lane designated for specific purposes (such as a carpool lane) without authorization.
Reckless Driving: This broad category includes actions that display a disregard for safety, such as aggressive tailgating, erratic lane changing, or speeding in a construction zone.
Distracted Driving: This includes activities that divert the driver’s attention from the road, such as texting while driving, eating, or using a navigation system without a hands-free setup.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense and has even more stringent limits for commercial drivers.
Impact of Moving Violations
Moving violations are recorded on a driver’s record and can carry various consequences. Fines and points against the driver’s license are the most common, but repeated or severe offenses can lead to license suspension or revocation.
For commercial drivers, the consequences can be even more severe. Their livelihood relies on maintaining a clean driving record. Accumulation of violations can result in higher insurance premiums, decreased employability, and, in extreme cases, the loss of their commercial driving privileges.
Understanding what constitutes a moving violation and the impact they can have is vital for anyone in the trucking industry. A good rule of thumb for truck drivers is to always prioritize safety and compliance with all traffic laws to avoid moving violations. This ensures not only their well-being but also the safety of everyone on the road.
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