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IL traffic attorneyIn today’s world, there is so much more that exists that can distract a driver than ever before. While distractions like outside objects such as billboards and crash sites and internal distractions such as the radio and other passengers have been around for decades, the 21st century has also brought with it unique distractions that have become a very large problem over the past two decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000 people were killed and an estimated 319,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2015.

Cell phones and other hand-held devices have been the subject of much of the conversation around distracted driving. Most states -- Illinois included -- have adopted strict laws in an attempt to curb the dangerous and deadly habit of using your cell phone while driving. When it comes to people who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the rules are even more strict and the penalties more severe.

Texting and Driving

The Illinois Vehicle Code states that a person driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is not permitted to text while they are driving. In addition, a person’s motor carrier may not require its drivers to text while they are driving. If you are caught violating this rule, you will receive 20 points on your driving record. After three violations within a 12-month period, your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked.

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IL defense lawyerAll drivers on the road are subject to traffic laws that were put in place to protect the safety of others. Because of the large size of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), those who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to higher standards than other drivers, meaning they are also subject to certain traffic violations that other drivers are not. Some of these traffic violations can cause a driver to have their CDL disqualified or revoked. Most people who hold CDL’s use their CDL’s as a means for employment and becoming disqualified can put a great financial strain on their lives.

Types of Traffic Violations That Can Lead to Disqualification

There are a multitude of traffic violations that can cause you to lose your CDL. Some of these traffic violations are unacceptable no matter the type of vehicle you are driving, but some violations are specific to those driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Major Offenses

This category of offenses is serious offenses that could apply to almost any driver. Most of these offenses carry a disqualification period of one year for a first offense and include:

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