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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Re-Assessment of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Holders’ Traffic Violations, Convictions, and Suspensions

 

 

Project Goal:

To Determine the rates at which drivers are convicted of disqualifying offenses after receiving a traffic violation and appropriately disqualified after conviction at the State Driver's Licensing Agency, as well as determining rates of detection for disqualified drivers during roadside inspections in up to nine States.

 

Background:

Prior research has shown that drivers suspended for driving reasons are three times more likely to be in a crash than a person suspended for a non-driving reason, and six times more likely to be in a crash than a person who has never been suspended. Prior research also suggests that some CDL holders are not being properly disqualified for serious offenses. These drivers pose a serious safety risk and must be removed from the roadway.

 

Summary:

The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of the disposition of violations. The study will track the issuance of violations for a serious offense (383.51) or other major traffic offenses that have been issued to a CDL driver. Violations will be tracked from issuance to prosecution, adjudication (conviction), transmittal to the applicable State Driver’s Licensing Agency (SDLA), and finally to disqualification (suspension).

 

Milestone

Date

Completed?

Complete "lessons learned" analysis from previous related research

6/22/2018

Yes

Kick-off meeting, finalized work plan due

7/20/2018

Yes

Document State processes

10/18/2018

Yes

Begin identifying potential States

8/1/2018

Yes

Begin collecting data from participating States

6/5/2019

Yes

Initial Peer Review of analysis

4/21/2021

Yes

Draft report of findings

8/1/2021

No

Final Peer Review of findings

8/15/2021

No

Final report, research brief, and public-use dataset due

8/31/2021

No

 

Funding

Total Funding: $ 651,000.00

Contractor:

Volpe Center

 

Last updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2021