Overview of Traffic Violation Points

The driver’s license is an invaluable document that not only serves as a license to enter the traffic but also as an identification. That is why you must take care of it and try not to commit infractions that can lead you to lose it. Although there are some states that don’t use a points system, most states in the country has a system that assigns a point value to different types of traffic violations. These points are used by the motor vehicle department of each state to track the records of all drivers licensed in the state.

Most serious crimes have higher scores, while minor violations are assigned minimum points. For example, in a state, not completely stopping at a stop signal can be worth two points; Driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit could be valued at four points.
This article will provide a brief overview of different offenses and points they can incur. Although the following list of offenses is not comprehensive and point systems vary from state to state, this example shows the relative values that can be assigned by a particular state, based on the severity of the violation.

Six points:
Homicide, negligent homicide or other felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Not stopping and escaping the scene of an accident.
Reckless driving.
Higher than legal level of blood alcohol content (BAC).
The refusal to take an alcohol test.
Escaping or evading a police officer.

Four points:

Endurance races or stings.
Driving under the influence of alcohol.
Any blood alcohol level in a driver under 21 years of age.
Driving at 16 miles per hour or more above the legal speed limit.
Not giving way to an emergency vehicle, such as an ambulance, fire truck or a police officer.

Three points:

Careless driving.
Disobeying a traffic signal or stop signal, or maneuvering improperly.
Driving about 15 miles per hour above the legal speed limit.
Not stopping at a railroad crossing.
Not stopping on a school bus or disobeying a school crossing guard.

Two points:
Driving at 10 miles per hour or less above the legal speed limit.
Refusing to take the breath test for alcohol content when the driver is under 21 years of age.

If a driver accumulates a certain number of points within a certain time period, his driving privileges may be suspended and he may not use his license.
Insurance companies also have access to this information and can use it as a basis for raising premiums. It is recommended that you leave early for work so you don’t have to rush because driving safely will avoid headaches and unnecessary increase in your insurance cost.

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