Violating South-Carolina driving and traffic laws can result in fines, suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The South-Carolina 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.
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MOVING VIOLATIONS AND POINTS
Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, moving violations like careless driving, failure to observe traffic signals, moving against traffic, and failure to yield at an intersection carry two points each. Six-point offenses include passing a stationary school bus, hit and run (property damage only), reckless driving, and exceeding the maximum speed limit by 25 mph or more. The number of points assessed for different speeding violations are as follows:
- Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 1-9 mph: 2 points
- Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 10-24 mph: 4 points
- Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 25 mph or more: 6 points
View the complete Point Schedule (Chapter 2, Driver License Manual) to learn about the number of points associated with each type of moving violation.
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 12 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. You will have to pay a costly reinstatement fee of $100.00 to revoke your license suspension. This can be paid online or at a DMV office.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD
The South-Carolina DMV maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. However, there are a number of ways in which you can remove points from your current driving record.
- If you remain suspension-free for one year, your points are halved. After two years, the points are cleared completely. Any violation remains for three years from the date of issue.
- Taking a Defensive Driving Course enables you to deduct four points from your current driving record, and may also qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates. You can only avail of this facility once in three years.
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.