CDL Serious Offenses


While receiving a citation for a moving violation is often not a big deal for the average motorist, it can have serious ramifications for those who drive a commercial motor vehicle for a living if they try and handle the matter by themselves. The suspension of a commercial driver’s license can mean lost wages, or loss of a job. It is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney who can protect you and your rights, and ultimately your livelihood.

The Illinois Secretary of State considers the below listed offenses as CDL serious traffic violations (92 Illinois Administrative Code 1040) and are in addition to the offenses listed as serious traffic violations in the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/6-500.26 (A), of the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act (UCDLA).

  • 625 ILCS 5/6-501 Violation of More Than One Driver’s License
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-507(a)(1) Driving Without a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Possession
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-507 (b) Unlawful Operation of CMV
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-308 Disregarding Lane Control Signal
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-503 Reckless Driving
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-601(a) Speeding Too Fast for Conditions or Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)(5) 15-25 MPH Above Posted Speed Limit
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)(7) Over 25 MPH Above Posted Speed Limit
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-601(b) Over 29 MPH Above Posted Speed Limit
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5 Driving 40 MPH or More in Excess of the Applicable Speed Limit. Class “A” Misdemeanor
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-605 Exceeding the Maximum Speed Limit in a School Zone
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-605(a) Exceeding the Maximum Speed Limit in a School Zone
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-605(b) Exceeding the Maximum Speed Limit Through a Highway Construction or Maintenance Zone
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-701 Failure to Drive on Right Side of Roadway
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-702 Improper Passing Upon Meeting an Approaching Vehicle
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-703(a) Improper Passing on Left
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-703(b) Failure to Yield Right-of-Way to Vehicle Passing on the Left
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-704 Improper Passing on the Right
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-705 Improper Passing on the Left with Insufficient Visibility or Within 200 Feet of an Intersection
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-706 Driving on Left Side of Roadway Where Prohibited
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-707(b) Driving on Left Side of Roadway in a No-Passing Zone
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-707(d) Passing in Unincorporated Area Where There Exists a School Speed Zone as Defined in Section 11-605
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-708 Driving Wrong Way on One-Way Street or Highway or Around Traffic Island
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-709(a) Improper Traffic Lane Usage
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-709(b) Improper Center Lane Usage
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-709(c) Improper Traffic Lane Usage
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-709(d) Improper Traffic Lane Usage
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-709.1 Passing on Shoulder While Merging into Traffic
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-710 Following Too Closely
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-101 Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a Valid License or Permit
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-104(a) Violation of License Classification for First and Second Division Vehicles
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-104(b) Violation of Classification for Transporting Persons for Hire
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-104(c) Violation of Classification for Transporting Property for Hire
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-104(d) Violation of School Bus Permits
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-104(e) Violation of Religious Bus Driver Permits
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-104(f) Violation of Classification for Transportation of the Elderly
  • 625 ILCS 5/6-105 Violation of Instruction Permit
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1002(d) Passing Vehicle Stopped for Pedestrian
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1201(a) For drivers who are not always required to stop, failing to stop before reaching the railroad crossing, if tracks are not clear
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1201(a-5) For drivers who are not always required to stop, failing to slow down and check that the tracks are clear of approaching train
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1201(d-1) For all drivers, failing to negotiate a railroad-highway grade crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1412.1 Driving Upon Sidewalk
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1414(a) Passing School Bus Receiving or Discharging Children
  • 625 ILCS 5/11-1425(b) For all drivers, failing to have sufficient space to drive completely through the railroad crossing without stopping


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Article Author: C. Matthew Miller

C. Matthew Miller is the sole practitioner at Miller Law Offices, P.C. He has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 40 Criminal Defense lawyer Under 40 in the State of Illinois. Mr. Miller concentrates his practice in Criminal Law, DUI, Criminal Record Expungements, Divorce and Child Custody.