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Motor Vehicle Violations
When dealing with a motor vehicle matter, the implications of pleading guilty to certain infractions, misdemeanor and felony motor vehicle changes could result in suspension or permanent revocation of your driver’s license.  Before pleading guilty, you want to be sure that you understand the impact of a guilty plea.  Certain motor vehicle infractions will result in points being assessed to your driving record.  If you accumulate six points on your driving record in a 24 month period, you can expect to receive a written warning letter from the Department of Motor Vehicle; if you receive 10 or more points on your driving record in a 24 month period of time, your license will be suspended for 30 days.  If you receive another 10 points, your license will be suspended for up to 24 months.

Things you should know:
Although the infraction ticket states that if you plead guilty and pay the fine immediately, no points will be assessed; the violation still gets reported to DMV and will be on your driving history

When you admit guilt to a motor vehicle infraction, you cannot contest the ticket at a later date.

Insurance premiums can be affected for up to five years if you have received a motor vehicle infraction that has been reported to DMV.

If you are traveling more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit, your insurance premiums will increase more than someone ticketed for traveling at 7 mph over the posted speed limit.

The more points that you accumulate on your driving record, the higher the risk pool into which insurance companies place you.

The higher the risk pool, the higher the insurance premium.

Receiving a ticket while traveling in another state can be reported to your DMV and be included on your driving history.

There are many people who possess a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), and rely on this licensing to make a living. Getting an infraction and having points assessed to your driving record can have dire consequences that could result in job termination or the inability to obtain employment. There are certain motor vehicle violations that will suspend or revoke your CDL privilege.  It is for this reason that it is very important to understand the consequences of pleading guilty to certain driving offenses.

Things you should know if you have a CDL:
Your CDL will be suspended for at least 60 days if you have committed two serious traffic violations within a 3-year period involving any motor vehicle.

Your CDL will be suspended for at least 120 days if you have committed three serious traffic violations within a 3 year period.

If your driving privilege is suspended for any reason, your privilege to operate a commercial vehicle is also suspended.

If you are convicted of DUI, your CDL privileges will be suspended for one year.

If you are convicted of a second DUI, your CDL privileges will be revoked for life.

Operating a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04% is illegal and you will be arrested for DUI.

Even if you are arrested for drunk driving in a non-commercial vehicle you are deemed to have given implied consent to a chemical alcohol test.  If you refuse or fail the chemical test, your privilege to drive could be suspended for at least six months and your CDL privilege suspended for one year.

There is no work permit available to operate a commercial vehicle when your license is suspended.

Below are those offenses defined as serious traffic violations:

  • Excessive speeding, traveling 15 mph or more over the posted speed limit
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper or erratic lane changes
  • Following too closely
  • Being involved in a fatal accident while operating a commercial vehicle
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without having your CDL in your possession.
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL
  • Below is the Connecticut DMV Point Schedule.
  • One point for the following infractions:
  • Operating at unreasonable rate of speed
  • Speeding
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane
  • Illegal use of limited access highway by a bus, commercial vehicle, or vehicle with a trailer
  • Improper operation on multiple-lane highway
  • Wrong directional rotary or one-way street
  • Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, or failure to signal intention to turn
  • Improper backing or starting
  • Failure to give proper signal
  • Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing
  • Wrong way on a one-way street

Two points for following infractions:

  • Slow speed, impeding traffic
  • Disobeying orders of an officer
  • Entering or leaving a controlled access highway at other than designated entrance or exit
  • Entry upon a limited access highway at a point other than a highway intersection or designated location
  • Executing a turn from the wrong lane or contrary to traffic control devices
  • Failure to obey the signal at a railroad crossing
  • Failure by a school bus, commercial motor vehicle carrying flammable or explosive substance, taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, motor bus, or a motor vehicle used for the transportation of school children to stop at a railroad crossing
  • Failure to observe parkway or expressway restrictions
  • Failure to obey traffic control signal light
  • Failure to obey stop sign
  • Failure to obey yield sign
  • Operating a vehicle through a pedestrian safety zone

Three points for the following infractions:

  • Driving while impaired
  • Failure to keep right when meeting opposing traffic
  • Improper passing or failure to yield to a passing vehicle
  • Passing on the right
  • Passing in a no passing zone
  • Failure to keep to the right on a urge, grade, or when approaching an intersection
  • Failure to drive at a reasonable distance apart from other vehicles
  • Failure to grant the right of way at an intersection
  • Failure to grant the right of way at a junction of highways
  • Failure to yield when emerging from a driveway or private road
  • Failure to grant the right of way when emerging from an alley, driveway, or building
  • Failure to grant the right of way to an ambulance, police, or fire apparatus
  • Failure to grant the right of way to a pedestrian

Four points for the following infractions:

  • Wagering, speed record
  • Failure to drive at a reasonable distance apart from another vehicle or intent to harass
  • Passing a stopped school bus

Five points for the following infractions:

  • Operation of a school bus at excessive speed
  • Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle