Traffic Violation Points Explained

North Florida Traffic Tickets


If you get a speeding ticket and receive points (adjudicated guilty), you are likely to get slapped with a hefty fine, and a possible increase on your auto insurance premium. The exact amount can vary depending on several factors including how much over the speed limit you were going and the state where you were fined. But it doesn't stop there.


Most states have a system where drivers accrue points for various types of driving no-no's, including speeding tickets. And your insurance company has access to that information and its own way of calculating infractions.


While it is difficult to predict how one auto insurance company will treat a certain offense over another, you can be sure that each speeding ticket will be counted against you in one form or another.


Florida Traffic Violations Points


In most states, your car insurance rates can remain elevated for up to three years following a violation. Contact North Florida traffic ticket lawyer Ian Nesbeth for a free consultation. Otherwise, you could be paying higher insurance rates for a long time.


While there are a variety of factors that come into play when car insurance companies determine premiums, it really all comes down to how big of a risk it is to insure a person. Drivers who have a history full of at-fault accidents and traffic violations are likely to continue that behavior, and more likely to be filing a claim, compared to those who are never pulled over.


Contact a Leon County Traffic Lawyer


Even if you don't see an increase in your insurance premiums right away, that speeding ticket is still lurking on your driving record and could come back to haunt you at policy renewal time. In addition it's not uncommon for insurance companies to drop policyholders depending on the facts of the particular case. It is critical that you do everything possible to avoid points on your driving record. Call North Florida traffic ticket attorney Ian Nesbeth at (850) 878-5075 for a free consultation.


Florida's Point System:


6 Points


  • Unlawful speed resulting in a crash
  • Leaving the scene of a crash with more than $50 in property damage


4 Points


  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding - more than 15 mph over the posted or lawful speed
  • Any moving violation (except speeding) resulting in a crash


3 Points


  • Speeding - not more than 15 mph over the posted or lawful speed
  • All other moving violations
  • Violation of a Child Restraint §316.613


In addition to the above, the accumulation of points can result in a suspension of your Florida driver's license as follows:


  • 12 points within 12 months - 30 day suspension
  • 18 points within 18 months - 3 month suspension
  • 24 points within 36 months - 1 year suspension


Other Florida Law enhancements:


  • Fines are doubled if the infraction occurs in a school or construction zone, up to $1000.


In addition to an accumulation of points, your driver's license can be suspended or revoked for the following:


  • Failure to pay traffic tickets
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Failure to pay child support
  • If you are a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
  • Conviction for certain theft offenses
  • Conviction for certain drug offenses
  • Conviction for certain prostitution offenses
  • DUI convictions or DUI refusals

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