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How many points are assessed for a traffic violation?

Ohio residents who violate traffic laws are subject to being assessed a certain amount of points on their driver's license. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles records this information within ten days of a conviction. Acquiring too many points can result in a loss of driving privileges and much higher insurance costs.

The number of points that are assessed due to traffic violations depends on the type of violation and the severity of it. The highest amount of points that is assessed for one act is six points. This number of points is assessed in incidences involving vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter when the vehicle is operated on a highway or street. Six points are also assessed if a person is found to have been willfully fleeing a law enforcement officer or by failing to stop at the scene of an accident. This number of points is associated with the most egregious traffic offenses, including street racing, driving the vehicle on a suspended license, drunk driving or driving while committing a felony.

The next group of offenses are given four points. These include reckless driving, traveling 30 mph or more over the speed limit and driving 10 mph or more over the speed limit when the speed limit is at least 55 mph. The fewest number of points that are assessed is two points. These are assessed in cases in which there is speeding but not by more than the four-point assessed formulas, driving a vehicle that is restricted by the registrar and all other moving violations that are not given six or four points.

The information in this post does not constitute legal advice. Individual circumstances may vary. Individuals who would like more information on the effects of speeding tickets and other motor vehicle issues should consult an attorney who has experience in defending traffic violations.

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