Will speeding ticket points cause my license to be suspended?

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If your state employs a point system, then yes – speeding ticket points can land you with a suspended drivers license.

Of course, when – and for how long – those points actually cause your license to be suspended depends on how your state has arranged its point system or any other system it uses to assign penalties for traffic tickets.

Point Systems and Other Programs

Some states with organized point systems will suspend your license for a certain amount of time after you accumulate a particular number of drivers license points within a specific time period. Such is the case in South Dakota, where your license is suspended if you accumulate 15 drivers license points within a 12-month period.

Those states without organized point systems don’t just let their drivers off the hook, of course; in Wyoming, for example, you’ll get a suspended drivers license if you get any four moving violations within during a 12-month period.

If you need further proof that points and consequences vary from state to state, note that in the case of speeding ticket points some states assign different point values for how many miles over the limit you were speeding. For example, Georgia doles out as few as two points (for driving from 15-19 mph over the limit) and as many as six points (for driving 34 mph or more over the limit).

Decreasing Your Speeding Ticket Points

Keep in mind there are ways you can decrease your speeding ticket points before they reach the point of license suspension.

If you have points on your license but your license isn’t suspended, some states require to you go a certain amount of time without accruing any more points before it will start decreasing the points you do have. As an alternative – or, in addition to – waiting it out without getting any more traffic tickets, some states will allow you to attend traffic school to decrease DMV points.

Caused by speeding ticket points or not, if a license suspension is involved, what might be an option in one state might be a requirement in another. In other words, attending traffic school or completing a driver improvement program might be necessary to reinstate your license.

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