What January’s Violations Tell Us About Truck Drivers

To us, the numbers don’t lie… So in our minds, we don’t need to be out there at ports or rest stops to know what mischief (harmless or otherwise) good old American truckers are getting into. We gathered and organized all of January’s violations. There were a grand total of 1,048,568 violations issued from January 1st – 31st to CMVs. Hopefully you weren’t one of those citations, but if you were, look at the bright side — you’re one in a million.

ALL VIOLATIONS GRAPHED

 

1,048,568 violations… Your grumpiest driver probably has a very choice set of words to describe most violations. Whichever set of words you like to use, most of us can agree that many violations are arguably tedious, cumbersome, and annoying. Regardless, we also must agree that these violations are enforced for the greater good — safer roads, safer civilians, safer drivers, and safer cargo.

JANUARY’S TOP 10 VIOLATION CODES: 

  1. Inoperable Required Lamp – 90,105
  2. Inspection repair and maintenance of parts/accessories – 34,576
  3. Record of Duty Status Violation – 32,879
  4. Clamp or Roto type break out-of-adjustment – 32,300
  5. Oil and/or grease leak – 32,274
  6. No/discharged/unsecured fire extinguisher – 30,970
  7. Tire tread depth less than 2/32″ – 28,655
  8. Driver cannot read or speak the English language sufficiently – 25,617
  9. Inoperative turn signal – 23,823
  10. No or defective lighting devices or reflective material – 23,135

TOP 10 VIOLATIONS GRAPHED

 

There are plenty of (somewhat) humorous violations and we’ll get to those in a moment, but we wanted to highlight a few concerning statistics.

DRIVE SOBER

“Driver on duty and under the influence of or using a narcotic drug which renders the driver incapable of safe operation” received 446 violations in January. There were, on average, 14 of these citations issued per day. No driver should ever be driving an 80,000 lb. death machine at 65 miles per hour if they’re not fully coherent. Doing so can spell disaster for your own career and your company’s if an accident were to happen.

DON’T DRIVE IF YOU AREN’T QUALIFIED

It should go without saying, but if you don’t have all of your ducks in a row, you probably shouldn’t be driving. There are 13 variations for having an improper CDL. Through all 13 of those violations, there were 8,656 drivers that weren’t properly licensed (and those were just the ones that were caught)!

CDL VIOLATIONS GRAPHED


Now, let’s count down our 10 favorite violations…

10. NO E.L.D. – 5,862 violations

We all complained about it for what seems like an eternity. We’ve got no explanation for not having one.

 

9. DRIVING PAST 14 HOUR LIMIT – 1,129 violations

People tend to get too cranky after driving for so long… Not to mention drowsy.

 

8. FAILURE TO WEAR A SEAT BELT – 13,333 violations

Your mother would be so mad.

 

7. SPEEDOMETER INOPERATIVE – 755 violations

Spot this guy by looking for the one that’s going slower than your grandmother.

 

6. IMPROPER PASSING – 208 violations

Most of you aren’t quite as good as this guy.

 

5. REPRESENT A PACKAGE AS MEETING A SPECIFICATION THAT DOES NOT MEET A SPECIFICATION – 1 violation

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…. wait, that’s not a duck.

 

4. OPERATING A CMV WHILE IMPAIRED BY ILLNESS – 61 violations

This one is just unfortunate. We salute the 61 of you last month that powered through that flu.

 

3. FAILURE TO STOP AT RAILROAD CROSSING – 25 violations

You guys thought you were going to go full Dukes of Hazzard over that railroad track, right?

 

2. USING A MOBILE TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING CMV – 5,353 violations

This is bad. Don’t text and drive. But it could be a little bit worse — you could be on a motorcycle and texting.

 

1. OPERATING A SCHOOL BUS WITHOUT A SCHOOL BUS ENDORSEMENT – 1 violation

We have actual footage from this incident. Yeah, seriously…

 
 

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