The DMV tracks a driver’s violations, infractions, and convictions by making notations on a person’s driving history in the form of points. Points will remain assessed against a driving record for two years (24 months) after the infraction occurs and is assessed. If you get seven points in three years, you will be required to attend driver retraining.
The following point amounts will be assessed for the violations listed below them.
One point is assessed for the following:
- Sec. 14-218a —Operating at unreasonable rate of speed;
- Sec. 14-219 —Speeding;
- Sec. 14-230—Failure to drive in right-hand lane;
- Sec. 14-230a—Illegal use of limited access highway by bus, commercial vehicle or vehicle with trailer;
- Sec. 14-236—Improper operation on multiple-lane highways;
- Sec. 14-237—Improper operation on divided highway;
- Sec. 14-239—Wrong direction at rotary or one-way street;
- Sec. 14-242—Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, failure to signal intention to turn;
- Sec. 14-243—Improper backing or starting;
- Sec. 14-244—Failure to give proper signal;
- Sec. 14-277—Operator’s duties on stopping a school bus;
- Sec. 14-289b—Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing;
- Sec. 14-296aa—Use of hand-held mobile telephone and mobile electronic devices by motor vehicle operators and school bus drivers; and
- (14) Sec. 14-303—Wrong way on one-way street.
Two points are assessed for the following:
- Sec. 14-100a(d)—Failure to use child restraint system or seat belt;
- Sec. 14-212d—Failure to obey highway work zone safety laws;
- Sec. 14-220(a)—Slow speed, impeding traffic;
- Sec. 14-223(a)—Disobeying orders of officer;
- Sec. 14-238—Entering or leaving controlled access highway at other than designated entrance or exit;
- Sec. 14-238a—Entry upon a limited access highway other than a highway intersection or designated point;
- Sec. 14-241—Executing turn from wrong lane or contrary to traffic control devices;
- Sec. 14-249—Failure to obey signal at railroad crossing;
- Sec. 14-250—Failure to stop at railroad crossing by school bus, commercial motor vehicle carrying flammable or explosive substance, taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, motor bus, motor vehicle used for the transportation of school children;
- Sec. 14-298—Failure to observe parkway or expressway restrictions;
- Sec. 14-299—Failure to obey traffic control signal light;
- Sec. 14-301—Failure to obey stop sign;
- Sec. 14-302—Failure to obey yield sign; and
- Sec. 14-304—Operating a vehicle through pedestrian safety zone.
Three points are assessed for the following:
- Sec. 14-231—Failure to keep to right when meeting opposing traffic;
- Sec. 14-232—Improper passing or failure to yield to passing vehicle;
- Sec. 14-233—Passing on right;
- Sec. 14-234—Passing in no passing zone;
- Sec. 14-235—Failure to keep to right on curve, grade or when approaching intersection;
- Sec. 14-240—Failure to drive reasonable distance apart;
- Sec. 14-245—Failure to grant right of way at intersection;
- Sec. 14-246a—Failure to grant right of way at junction of highways;
- Sec. 14-247—Failure to yield when emerging from driveway or private road;
- Sec. 14-247a—Failure to grant right of way when emerging from alley, driveway or building;
- Sec. 14-283—Failure to grant right of way to ambulance, police or fire apparatus;
- Sec. 14-300(c)—Failure to grant right of way to pedestrian; and
- Sec. 14-300(d) —Failure to grant right of way to a pedestrian who is blind.
Four points are assessed for the following:
- Sec. 14-224(c)—Wagering, speed record;
- Sec. 14-240a—Failure to drive reasonable distance apart, intent to harass; and
- Sec. 14-279—Passing stopped school bus.
Five points are assessed for the following:
- Sec. 14-281a(a)—Operation of school bus at excessive speed; and
- Sec. 14-222a—Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.
A letter of warning will be sent to the holder of an operator’s license if they have six or more points on their license. If the driver gets 10 or more points on their license, the DMV will suspend the operator’s license for a minimum of thirty days.
Before this suspension takes place, the driver can schedule a hearing with the DMV to discuss the points assessed against them and when they were accumulated. If the driver can prove that more than 10 points were not accumulated in a 24-month period, their license will not be suspended.
When a license is suspended, if the driver is again convicted of a motor vehicle violation that raises their point total above 10 points within five years, their license will be suspended until the point total is at or below ten points.
You can reach out to our office with questions regarding the DMV point system.