Violating Connecticut driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 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 slow speed, failure to observe traffic signals, driving through a pedestrian safety zone and failure to obey a stop sign, each carry two points. Five-point offenses include driving a school bus at high speed and negligent death due to a motor vehicle. Exceeding speed limit is assessed one point.
View the complete Point Schedule here.
You will be subject to specific penalties if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving license:
- You will have your license suspended if you accumulate 10 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 Connecticut DMV maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. Points remain on the driver's record for 24 months from the date of assessment. Taking a Defensive Driving Course enables 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.