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Washington DOL Suspension of CDL for "Serious Traffic Offenses"

The Washington Department of Licensing Will Suspend your CDL (Commercial Driving License) for having two or more "serious traffic offenses" arising from separate incidents within a three-year period.

1.  Risk to Holders of a CDL License

If an individual with a CDL is found to have committed two or more of these offenses (serious traffic offenses) within three years, their CDL will be suspended for 60 days.


2.  DOL Considers the Following to Be Serious Traffic Offense

1. Speeding 15 miles per hour or more above the posted limit. 2. Reckless driving. 3. Any traffic violation, other than parking violations, that results in a fatal accident or collision. 4. Driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver license or without the proper endorsement. 5. Negligent driving. 6. Following too closely. 7. Failing to stop. 8. Failing to yield the right of way. 9. Driving too fast for conditions. 10. Improper lane change or travel. 11. Improper overtaking on the right or left. 12. Improper driving to the left of center of the roadway.

3. What is the Statutory Authority for this List?

A list of the statutory authority can be found in RCW 46.25.090, and WAC 308-100-130.


4.  Consequences on CDL Holders?

If an individual with a CDL is found to have committed two or more of these offenses within three years, their CDL will be suspended for 60 days. If an individual is found to have committed three or more offenses within in a 3-year period, their license will be suspended for 120 days. Due to the seriousness of this risk individuals with CDL’s must be vigilant in assuring that they are not found to have committed serious traffic offenses. This is especially true because many people do not comprehend what the DOL considers a serious traffic infraction.

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