Ansonia Connecticut Traffic Violations
If you receive a ticket for committing a traffic violation in Ansonia Connecticut, a local Ansonia Connecticut court will be overseeing the processing of that citation. If you receive the ticket and want to pay the fine, your citation will have all the necessary information on how to submit payment to the local Ansonia Connecticut court handling your violation.
If you want to dispute the charges, your ticket will also disclose a court date where you can expect to appear in front of a judge or hearing officer to address the merits of your case. If you choose to argue your innocence but are not successful, there can be additional court costs attached.
Finally, you may want to appear in court and plead guilty or nolo contendre ("no contest"). By appearing in court, you may be able to humbly request to enroll in a safe driving program or traffic school in order to avoid paying your traffic violation fine and having both the violation itself and the accompanying points from showing up on your Ansonia Connecticut driving record.
Ansonia Connecticut Points System
The Ansonia Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles oversees a "points system" for its drivers in order to keep habitually hazardous drivers off the roads. If you plead guilty in court or pay your traffic violation fine to the local Ansonia Connecticut court handling the citation, you can expect points to appear on your Ansonia Connecticut driving record. The following is a list of points that will appear on your Ansonia Connecticut driving record if you commit certain traffic violations:
- Illegal Lane Usage
- Failure to Use Turn Signals Properly
- Driving the Wrong Way (One-Way Street)
- Disobeying a Traffic Officer
- Ignoring a Railroad Crossing Signal
- Ignoring a Stop Sign or Stop Light
- Turning from the Wrong Lane
- Improper Passing
- Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian
- Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle
- Passing a Stopped School Bus
- Driving with the Intent to Harass
- Speed Racing
Once you receive these points on your Ansonia Connecticut driving record, they will remain there for two years.
Suspension of Your Ansonia Connecticut Driving Privileges
Points can accumulate quickly against your Ansonia Connecticut driving record. If you accumulate too many, the Ansonia Connecticut DMV will suspend your Ansonia Connecticut driving privileges. If you get 6 points against your Ansonia Connecticut driving record, the DMV will mail you a written warning to explain the consequences you face if you continue to amass points against your Ansonia Connecticut driving record. Once you incur ten (10) points, your Ansonia Connecticut driving privileges will be suspended for one (1) month. If you accumulate an additional ten (10) points in a 24-month timeframe, you will lose your Ansonia Connecticut driving privileges for 24 months.
Further, your Ansonia Connecticut driving privileges can be immediately suspended for a slew of reasons, even if you have no points on your Ansonia Connecticut driving record to date. Examples include:
- Reckless Driving
- Filing False Reports with the Ansonia Connecticut DMV
- Refusing to Stop When Ordered to Pull Over
- Vehicular Assault
- Possession of Alcohol by a Minor
- Driving on a Previously-Suspended License
These violations are considered serious infractions by the Ansonia Connecticut DMV and can result in suspension of your driving privileges for anywhere from a month to five years.
Attending Traffic School in Ansonia Connecticut
Unfortunately, the Ansonia Connecticut DMV will not allow you to participate in a Ansonia Connecticut driving school or driver improvement program to remove points or traffic violations from your Ansonia Connecticut driving record. However, if you anticipate appearing in court to dispute your traffic violation or plead guilty, you may be able to receive an opportunity from the judge to enroll in a Ansonia Connecticut defensive driving course or Ansonia Connecticut traffic school. Because Ansonia Connecticut courts have jurisdiction over online traffic schools, a Ansonia Connecticut online traffic school or online driver improvement may qualify to satisfy court-ordered requirements. You should ask the court overseeing your traffic violation if this is an option.
If you have received 3 or more traffic violations on your record as an adult over the age of 25, the Ansonia Connecticut DMV may also order you to enroll in a defensive driving program or traffic school. If you are under 25, the Ansonia Connecticut DMV will order you to enroll in a traffic school if you have received just two traffic violation convictions.
The Benefits of a Clean Ansonia Connecticut Driving Record
It is important as a Ansonia Connecticut driver that you do everything possible to maintain a clean driving record, which may include considering the possibility of enrolling in a Ansonia Connecticut online traffic school or Ansonia Connecticut online driver improvement program. A Ansonia Connecticut online traffic school will teach and refresh key safe driving habits and helpful defensive driving techniques, which in turn will help you avoid costly traffic violations that will eventually show up on your Ansonia Connecticut driving record. Also, Ansonia Connecticut online traffic school will help your case in the event you must appear in court to discuss a traffic violation, by showing that you are committed to safe driving. Finally, a clean driving record, including successful completion of a Ansonia Connecticut traffic school or online defensive driving program can help you keep your insurance costs low by reassuring your insurance provider that you are not a risk for future traffic violations and avoidable accidents.
Ansonia Connecticut Mature Drivers
Preventing your insurance premiums from increasing is not the only insurance-related benefit of online traffic school. You may even qualify for a discount on your insurance premiums, particularly as a Ansonia Connecticut Mature Driver, a driver 62 years old or above. Completion of a Ansonia Connecticut driver improvement program can take as much as 5% off your auto insurance costs. You should contact your insurance provider to see if you qualify and if a Ansonia Connecticut online traffic school will satisfy the requirements for the insurance discount.
Ansonia Connecticut Juvenile Drivers
Juvenile Drivers, drivers under the age of 18, can also obtain insurance discounts for completing safe-driving programs or traffic school. If you are, or a child in your household is, a juvenile driver, your auto insurance carrier will be able to discuss with you what discounts and other benefits are eligible to you for your successful completion of a Ansonia Connecticut online traffic school or online driver improvement program.
Ansonia Connecticut Classroom Traffic Schools
If you have been ordered by the Ansonia Connecticut DMV to enroll in a Ansonia Connecticut driver improvement program, or if you would like to participate in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting for your Ansonia Connecticut traffic school course in an attempt to lower your car insurance premiums, the Ansonia Connecticut DMV recommends for state-approved driving programs under the tutelage of the following organizations:
- A Better Ansonia Connecticut Driver
- Driving School Association of America
- The National Safety Council
- National Traffic Safety Institute
You may also want to contact the Ansonia Connecticut DMV to see if your preferred traditional Ansonia Connecticut traffic school will satisfy their requirements.