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A traffic ticket can put your job at risk

When you receive a traffic ticket, your job is probably not the first thought that comes to your mind. If it is a serious offense, you think about insurance rates, credit scores, car damages and a possible court date. However, your traffic ticket can have big consequences for future employment.

Oftentimes, employers will pull driving records while performing background checks. Depending on the field, your record can play an important role while determining applicants. For example, if you apply for a bus driver position and have three speeding tickets, a company is less likely to hire you.

A driving record is also significant in any application process if there are serious offenses, such as DUI or reckless driving. Serious offenses might deter employers away from certain applicants because it reflects poor behavior and judgment on behalf of the company.

Can a traffic ticket impact current employment?

If you drive for a living, you may risk termination. Sales representatives, taxi drivers and truckers all rely on vehicles for work, and a company will fire employees who cannot drive. It is completely legal and normal for businesses to do so.

Luckily, one speeding ticket rarely impacts your application. However, you should be aware of how repeating tickets add up to major problems in future endeavors. Also, check with your employer to see how they address any traffic tickets on employee records to avoid future issues.

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