You have your CDL and life is going great. Next thing you know, you a Georgia cop is flashing his or her lights behind you. Your day ends with a speeding ticket in hand. For most drivers, a traffic ticket is not always a big deal. It might mean points against your license and a hefty fine, but you do not have to worry. If you are a commercial driver, however, this can affect your license and your career.

Fortunately, speeding tickets are not serious offenses. If you operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, for instance, you can risk losing your license. With a speeding ticket, however, you have more leeway.

According to the Georgia Commercial Driver’s Manual, speeding is a serious traffic offense. If you drive at more than 15 MPH over the speed limit, then you are in a serious violation of the law. You can lose your CDL for at least 60 days if you commit two serious traffic violations within three years. If you are caught speeding twice during a three year period, you could lose your license. You lose it for 120 days if you have three convictions.

As a driver, you must show that you do not have a habit of unsafe driving. There are higher standards for commercial drivers. When operating a commercial truck, you can lose your license if the charges go beyond a speeding ticket. While speeding is serious for truckers, if you receive a charge for reckless driving and other offenses, then you may lose your license.