Violating Arkansas driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Arkansas Office of Driver Services (ODS) uses a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record if you receive a traffic ticket for moving violations.
MOVING VIOLATIONS AND POINTS
Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, moving violations like failure to observe traffic signals and speeding up to 10 mph over posted speed limit carry three points. Reckless driving is an eight-point offense.
View this page to see some more examples of violations and points assessed.
You will be subject to specific penalties if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving license:
- Once you cross the threshold of 10 points, you will receive a warning letter first and then suspension as follows:
10-13 points:Warning Letter 14-17 points:Three month suspension 18-23 points:Six month suspension 24 or more points:One year suspension
- You will have your license suspended if you accumulate 14 points or more on your current driving record. A notice of scheduled suspension will be mailed to you. You may be imprisoned for driving with a suspended license.
- Accumulating points on your driving license is also likely to increase your auto insurance rates. See our auto insurance section for more information about obtaining quality car insurance at competitive rates.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD
The Arkansas ODS maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. However, taking a Defensive Driving Course could enable you to deduct points from your current driving record, and may also qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates.
HOW TO DISPUTE A MOVING VIOLATION CHARGE
If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may be able to fight the charge in court. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.