Last Updated 6th of April, 2010
What if I miss the deadline to take defensive driving classes to get a ticket dismissed?
Missed Traffic School DeadlineIf you miss your deadline for a defensive driving course, contact the court about getting an extension. Only a court judge can make this decision. A traffic school has no say in the matter. And though there are no guarantees of being granted an extension, it's worth your while to ask. Otherwise having the traffic ticket or speeding ticket on your driving record will cause a spike in your auto insurance rates.
Even if you're not seeking an extension, be sure to alert the court of your missed deadline. Silence on your behalf could prompt the court to issue a you warrant for not fulfilling your court-imposed requirements.
Online Traffic School FlexibilityBe sure to check if your state recognizes online defensive driving classes. If so, an online traffic school can give you great flexibility in terms of completing the course. You don't have to alter your schedule to attend evening or weekend classes at some designated site. Instead you can complete the course from the convenience of home, or wherever you have computer access. It's this type of flexibility that makes it easy to meet court deadlines. You can even complete an online course on the last day of your deadline and possibly have your speeding ticket dismissed the next day.
Whatever you do, double-check with the court or your DMV to make sure the traffic school you enrolled in is state-approved. Only completion certificates from sanctioned traffic schools will be honored.
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