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If someone got a speeding ticket in Ohio and going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit what is the points on CDLs?


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In Ohio, going better 11 to 29 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, whether it is below 55 mph or 55 mph and above, is normally a 2 point offense if you have a normal passenger driver's license.

With a CDL or commercial driver's license a state's points system is normally a bit different. In many states the points are worth one and a half points when you have a CDL. We were unable to find with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) how many points are assigned to CDL holders so you may want to contact them directly to find out.

The Ohio Commercial Driver's License manual does note that a CDL holder in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driving 15 mph or more over the limit is considered a serious traffic violation.

The manual lists serious traffic violations as: excessive speeding (15 mph or more above the posted limit), reckless driving, improper or erratic lane changes, following a vehicle too closely and traffic offenses committed in a CMV in connection with fatal traffic accidents. It goes on to state that you will lose your CDL:

  • For at least 60 days if you have committed two serious traffic violations within a three-year period involving a CMV.
  • For at least 120 days for three serious traffic violations within a three-year period involving a CMV.

Remember as a CDL motorist you must notify your employer, in writing, of all traffic convictions within thirty days. This includes those in your private automobile as well as a commercial vehicle. 


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