Have you ever wondered how long the points stay on your license? To start with, you accumulate points on your license due to traffic violations. Unfortunately, these points will always remain on your record.
However, the points only count against you for three years. Incidentally, these will continue to collect on your license so the state can track and enforce penalties. Because you could have your license suspended if you accumulate too many points.
Points From Traffic Violations
Considering, you receive points on your license from traffic violations. It is important to know and understand the common traffic violations. It will help you to avoid getting points on your license. Florida’s common traffic violations include:
|Moving violations (non-speeding, no accident)||3 Points|
|Speeding up to 15 mph over the posted speed||3 Points|
|Violation of child restraint laws||3 Points|
|Driving with an open container in your vehicle||3 Points|
|Speeding more than 15 mph over the posted speed||4 Points|
|Passing a stopped school bus||4 Points|
|Moving violation (non-speeding) resulting in a crash||4 Points|
|Reckless driving (criminal traffic violation)||4 Points|
|Illegally passing a stopped school bus||4 Points|
|Unlawful speed resulting in a crash||6 Points|
|Leaving scene of crash with damage greater than $50||6 Points|
Long-Term Consequences From Points
Receiving points on your license result in long-term consequences. In fact, your insurance rates will increase for at least three years after a citation. Not to mention, too many points over time will result in a suspension of your driving privileges.
|12 points within 12 months||30-day suspension|
|18 points within 18 months||Three-month suspension|
|24 points within 36 months||One-year suspension|
In addition, the state will revoke your license if you receive 3 major offenses or 15 minor violations in a 5-year period. Unfortunately, this many points on your license also earns you the title “habitual traffic offender (HTO).”
Removing Points from license
Luckily, you have options, so you do not accumulate points on your license. First, with some moving violations, you can go to traffic school to avoid points on your license. Actually, attending traffic school will not only keep points off your license, it will keep your insurance rate from going up.
Secondly, you can fight the ticket to keep points off your license. With this option, you would need to win your case in court to keep the points off. However, if the court finds you guilty, you will accrue the points on your license, pay any fines, and court fees. So, if you plan to fight your ticket, you should hire an attorney to represent you.
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