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Driving home the point about the seriousness of traffic offenses

Like other Georgia residents, you may have an infraction or two on your driving record. Perhaps you were ticketed for driving over 15 mph above the speed limit or for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Maybe the traffic offenses are more serious and include something like passing a school bus when it was stopped.

Many people allow these seemingly insignificant violations pile up. After all, it is not as if you committed a crime. Right?

That may be true, but you may have forgotten from your time learning to drive that if you reach 15 points within a 24-month period, your driver’s license will more than likely be suspended. Fortunately, Georgia law does not assess points against your license if your ticket was for driving too fast for the road conditions or driving no more than 15 mph above the speed limit. However, numerous other traffic offenses do come with fairly high point assessments.

For instance, as mentioned above, you may have received a ticket for passing a stopped school bus. That is six points right there. If you have a habit of driving aggressively, each infraction would add another six points to your license.

Over the course of two years (24 months), you could easily reach 15 points. In addition, your insurance rates could skyrocket. Many people believe that they can use driving school to keep violations of their driving records, but you may only use that option once every five years.

You may benefit from challenging any tickets you receive for traffic offenses. You have the right to appear at a hearing instead of just admitting guilt and paying the fine. It may be possible to avoid the points being put on your license, which may also keep your insurance rates from going up as well. You may benefit from talking to an attorney about your traffic offenses to understand your rights and options.

Source: dds.georgia.gov, “Points and Points Reduction“, Accessed on Sept. 24, 2017