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Fighting tickets: Resources for finding legal representation

In addition to driver-centric legal resources, state and local bar associations' online or phone referral services also may yield good results.

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Fighting tickets: Don’t forget DataQs to clear your PSP/CSA record

While prospective employers/lessors aren’t strictly required to use FMCSA's PSP reports to view prospective drivers’ roadside inspection violations and recordable crashes, plenty do. Any violation marked on an inspection report will be included there going back three years, and any crash, five years.

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Fighting tickets

There is more than one way to skin the cat when it comes to fighting tickets. While more than four in 10 Overdrive readers say they have seen success contesting a ticket without employing a lawyer to help, interviews reveal a different pattern: The biggest success is seen when legal help is involved.

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Moving violations, speeding among top violations during Operation Safe Driver Week

Of the 20,648 total warnings and citations issued, 11,182 of them were to commercial vehicle drivers, including 6,078 warnings and 5,104 citations, mostly for speeding and other moving violations.

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT's high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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POLL: Have you successfully fought a traffic (or other) citation?

Whether issued at roadside for a moving violation or an equipment infraction noted in a scale-house, citations can put big stains on your record. Have you ever been successful fighting one or more in court or via administrative procedures?

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The 18 states that issue more violations per inspection than the national average

In any of these states, it's most likely that if you get inspected you'll walk away with a violation. All of them write more than 1.7 per every individual inspection, with Connecticut at the top of the list with more than 3.

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Top 10 toughest states for tire violations

Oregon, Texas and North Carolina lead the tire-violations rankings, the latter two also showing an uncommonly strong focus on maintenance/equipment-related violations overall. Peruse more nationally ranked data on equipment violations here.

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North Carolina enforcement: Where officer discretion can help

Professionalism at roadside can go a long way in influencing enforcement actions in North Carolina. The highway patrol there isn't, by and large, "looking to jam up guys who are decent,” operators note. More in this CSA's Data Trail profile of the state, by the numbers.

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Credit for clean: ‘Finishing the job’ on violation-free inspections

Mississippi far exceeding all states when it comes to helping truckers by issuing clean inspections. According to state officials, that could change with some more precise targeting in the future.

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