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Pennsylvania’s DMV point system: Are you close to suspension?

Speeding, ignoring stop signs or reckless driving all constitute various traffic violations. Committing crimes while driving creates dangerous conditions for other drivers, and you may injure or kill another driver, pedestrians or even yourself.

In Pennsylvania, the state adds “points” to your record if a judge finds you guilty of violating traffic laws. Depending upon the severity of your crime, more points add to your record. It proves essential to follow all traffic laws to avoid license suspension, expensive court dates and the stress of the inability to drive.

Violations at a glance

The goal of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)’s point system revolves around the safety of all drivers. In addition to the issuing of tickets, PennDOT’s program reminds violators of the significance of tickets by assigning points to each violation. Some crimes and their point assignment include:

  • PennDOT assigns 2 points:
    • Violation of a restriction on a driver’s license
    • Driving too fast in dangerous conditions
    • Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk
    • Exceeding the speed limit by 6-10 mph
  • PennDOT assigns 3 points:
  • Failing to stop at a red light
  • Improper passing on a hill or in a no-passing zone
  • Committing an illegal U-turn
  • Careless driving
  • PennDOT assigns 4 points:
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Failing to stop at railroad crossings
  • Driving over the speed limit 16-25 mph

Punishments after 6 points

For adults over the age of 18, significant punishments arise when multiple violations occur. Upon the first accumulation of 6 points, a driver subjects themselves to an examination of:

  1. Your knowledge of safe driving practices
  2. Your knowledge of departmental sanctions
  3. Your knowledge of related safety issues

If you pass the exam within 30 days, the court removes 2 points from your point accumulation.

Remedying points with good driving

PennDOT’s requirements aid in your goal to become a safer driver with a clean record. After one year, if you do not commit any violations, 3 points delete from your record.

Driving safely on Pennsylvania roads protects both you and other drivers. To ensure the safety of roadways the state’s point system allows for drivers to understand the real impact of their actions by integrating a looming punishment. Know that if you commit certain crimes, points will be added to increase your chances of serious consequences and suspensions.

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