Judges and administrative law judges (ALJs) have a vital state enforcement role in the nation’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) safety program. Not only must they take into account the CDL regulations when adjudicating and sentencing drivers, they must know and require their courts to adhere to CDL reporting requirements. However, lack of familiarity and education with regard to CDL/CMV regulations often cause them to make mistakes when adjudicating criminal or traffic cases involving CDL holders. Members of the judiciary at all levels must better understand their roles in the CDL program and the effect their decisions and actions have on state enforcement of highway safety.
 See COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE ADVISORY COMM. U.S. SEC’Y OF TRANSP., COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE PROGRAM REVIEW: RECOMMENDED MEASURES FOR ACHIEVING THE PROGRAM’S FULL SAFETY POTENTIAL (Dec. 2009), task force report as mandated under SAFETEA-LU [Hereinafter CDL PROGRAM REVIEW].