The point system is one of the most intricate, confusing parts of getting a ticket. It can be difficult to know which violations result in points and which do not, but it is important to keep track of because, according to the driver’s license point system, reaching a certain number of points can result in a suspended license.
So, which offenses and violations result in points? According to the current point system, most moving violations will result in points. How many points depends entirely on what the ticket was for. Non-moving violations, like parking tickets and fix-it tickets, usually do not result in points on your license. Currently, cell phone violations are in a gray area. In some places, cell phone violations – like texting while driving – will result in points on your license. Some places do not have these laws, and cell phone violations do not result in points in these places.
The number of points on a license varies depending on which ticket you get, which is why it can be vital to seek legal help. A good lawyer can help keep a license which otherwise would have been suspended, or help to decrease the number of points.
There are two levels of moving violations – one point violations and two point violations. Violations like running a red light, unsafe lane change, and speeding (under 100 miles per hour) are one point violations. These result in one point on your driver’s license. The two point violations are more serious, like DUI or reckless driving, or driving with a suspended or revoked license. Speeding over 100 miles per hour is also a two point violation.
One thing that many drivers do not realize is that by paying a ticket, they are pleading guilty to the offense on that ticket. This means that they will automatically receive the points for that offense. This is why just “mailing in” a ticket can be dangerous to drivers who aren’t aware of how the point system works. These points can add up and before the driver realizes it, they can be in danger of their license being suspended. Having points on your license can also make car insurance rates go up.
The driver’s license point system is used to determine who is a negligent operator. If a driver has a certain number of points on their license in a certain amount of time, they are deemed a negligent operator and their license is suspended for six months. If a driver gets four points on their license within one year, six points within two years, or eight points within three years, they are considered negligent.
But do points ever go away? In many cases, they go away after a certain period of time. How long it takes varies depending on what the offense was. Most one point violations stay on your record for three years. More serious offenses, however, stay on a driver’s license for a longer period of time. For example, points from a DUI will remain on a license for ten years. This is another reason why legal help is important in these cases. By having a lesser charge, the time it takes for a point to be removed from your license can be decreased. There are also classes and DMV hearings that can help to decrease the number of points on a license.