When you get a speeding ticket, you face a number of penalties as a result. Most of us are familiar with the fines associated with speeding tickets, but you may be less familiar with the Pennsylvania point system. Under this system, you will get a certain number of points added to your driving record in the state for each traffic violation you commit. Those points can accumulate with each offense and can have serious consequences for you as a driver. If you have gotten a speeding ticket, be sure to get in touch with a Pennsylvania speeding ticket lawyer to help you fight those points being added to your record.
The number of points that you will have added to your record because of your speeding ticket will vary depending on how many miles per hour above the speed limit you were traveling. In Pennsylvania, you can only get a speeding ticket if you were going six miles per hour or more above the speed limit, but after that, you will receive anywhere from two to five points on your driving record. The point breakdown is as follows:
Also note that all of these violations will result in an additional 15 day suspension of your driver’s license if you speed in an active working or construction zone.
These points may seem like they aren’t a big deal, but as they accumulate, they can become an issue. Once you reach six points on your record, you start facing consequences. And while a speeding ticket does not get you six points alone, any other violation could easily push you to the full six points. Furthermore, people caught speeding are sometimes also issued other tickets at the same time, like for careless or reckless driving, that come with their own points and would combine with the speeding ticket to put you over six points.
Under Pennsylvania state law, getting six points on your driving record for the first time means that you will have to take an exam that is designed to test your knowledge of safe driving practices, penalties for unsafe driving, and safety concerns on the road. If you pass the exam within 30 days of when you were notified, you can have two points removed from your record.
The second time that you have a total of six points on your driving record (if your record was reduced), you will have to attend a mandatory departmental hearing under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). At the hearing, your record will be reviewed, and the Department may require a 15 day suspension of your license, a retaking of the safe driving exam, or neither. Two points will be removed if you take the exam within the time frame required or once the 15 day suspension is completed.
If your record accumulates a total of six points for a third time or more after being reduced, you will have to attend another departmental hearing. The department will then decide whether or not to suspend your license for thirty days. If you fail to attend the hearing, you will have your license suspended indefinitely until you attend.
If your record ever gets eleven or more total points, you will have your license suspended for an amount of time that corresponds to how many points you have accumulated. Your first suspension will result in five days per point. Your second will result in ten days per point, your third will result in fifteen days per point, and any further suspensions will result in your license being suspended for one full year.
You can get three points removed from your license if you show safe driving behavior for a full year. However, that year cannot include any time that your license was suspended or revoked. If you can get your record down to zero points and keep it there for twelve months, any additional points you get after those twelve months would be considered your first accumulation of points.
Clearly, the consequences for accumulating points are steep. Having your license suspended means that you will not have the freedom to get yourself around. Furthermore, points are easy to accumulate quickly and much more difficult to get rid of. If you have gotten a speeding ticket and do not want to face these harsh consequences, call a Pennsylvania speeding ticket lawyer who can defend you and convince the judge to lessen the penalties or dismiss your ticket entirely.