Bartlesville Oklahoma Traffic Violations
If you are driving in Bartlesville Oklahoma and are unfortunate enough to get caught violating an Bartlesville Oklahoma motor vehicle statute, you will receive a citation containing information on how to proceed. The traffic ticket should contain most of the Bartlesville Oklahoma court contact information you need to resolve the situation, particularly the local Bartlesville Oklahoma court with authority over your Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic violation.
Your Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic citation will inform you of the ways you can pay your ticket, most likely by mail or in person. Your Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic citation should include the appropriate Bartlesville Oklahoma address where you can present yourself to pay in person or mail in your fine.
You may also wish to appear in court on the arraignment date assigned for you, which will also be provided either on the traffic citation. By appearing before the local Bartlesville Oklahoma court handling your violation, you have the opportunity to arrange a date for trial. You should know, however, if you wish to appear in court at trial to discuss or dispute your traffic violation, you will have to post a small bond in the amount of $35. As long as you present your bond receipt at trial, your bond will be returned to you.
While appearing in front of an Bartlesville Oklahoma court for a brief trial will require more time and effort on your part, it will also provide you with an opportunity to explain your situation and request that the court consider reducing or dropping the traffic violation against you. Most likely, a court will consider heavily your previous Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record and the nature of the traffic violation in question before giving you an opportunity to earn some sort of reduction or rescission of the traffic violation.
Bartlesville Oklahoma Points System
The Bartlesville Oklahoma Department of Public Safety ("DPS") manages a "points" system to maintain an accurate history of your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record. Your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record is used not only by the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS to determine the status of your driving record, but the DPS also shares the information with insurance providers, which then use your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record to determine the cost of your insurance premiums. In general, you incur points against your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record each time you commit a traffic offense that is heard, decided and reported by the local Bartlesville Oklahoma court handling the traffic violation to the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS. Below are a summary of common points attached to Bartlesville Oklahoma drivers' records:
- Speeding by less than 25mph: 2 pts
- Ignoring a Yield Sign: 2 pts
- Running a Stop Sign: 2 pts
- Tailgating: 2 pts
- Careless Driving: 2 pts
- Speeding by more than 25mph: 3 pts
- Passing a Stopped School Bus: 4 pts
- Reckless Driving: 4 pts
While incurring points against your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record for a single traffic violation may not seem troublesome, if you commit just a few traffic violations in a brief amount of time, your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record could amass 10 points. If this happens, the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS will immediately suspend your license.
Suspension of Your Bartlesville Oklahoma Driving Privileges
When your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record has 10 or more points against it at any one time, the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS will mail a written notification to the address on your driver's license that your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving privileges has been suspended. If your traffic violation is of a serious nature, such as causing an avoidable accident and failing to administer aid to another driver injured in the accident, your license could be permanently revoked.
Attending Bartlesville Oklahoma Traffic School
The Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS does offer an opportunity to prevent your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving privileges from being suspended. Most of the time, the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS will allow you to participate in an Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic school or driver improvement program and, by participating in an Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic school, you can have the traffic violation reduced or possibly even removed from your driving record. Both of these options, made available to you simply by attending Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic school, substantially decrease the possibility of an increase in your insurance rates and an accumulation of points on your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record that can eventually lead to suspension or revocation of your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving privileges.
In addition, the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS will preemptively remove two points off your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record if you wish to take an Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic school or defensive driving program outside of an Bartlesville Oklahoma court or Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS order. While there are many good reasons to take a defensive driving program, you may only participate in an Bartlesville Oklahoma defensive driving program once every two years to have points taken off your record.
Further, you may be able to participate in an online traffic school to satisfy Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS requirements. The Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS has deemed several online Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic schools, online Bartlesville Oklahoma driver improvement programs and Bartlesville Oklahoma online defensive driving programs as qualified under Oklahoma's state regulations. However, if you are interested in taking a particular Bartlesville Oklahoma online traffic school or Bartlesville Oklahoma online driver improvement program, you should contact the local court overseeing your traffic violation and ask if the Bartlesville Oklahoma online traffic school you are interested in will satisfy Oklahoma's state requirements, or if the local Bartlesville Oklahoma court has already approved that course.
In certain circumstances, your local Bartlesville Oklahoma court or the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS may order you to participate in an online defensive driving program provided by the Bartlesville Oklahoma Safety Council, in connection with the Bartlesville Oklahoma Court System. The Bartlesville Oklahoma Safety Council's eight-hour online class isn't available to the general public, but will fulfill this potential court order with relative ease.
The Benefits of Bartlesville Oklahoma Traffic School
Attending an Bartlesville Oklahoma online traffic school or Bartlesville Oklahoma online driver improvement program to help clear up your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record is not only important for removing points on your driving record. Bartlesville Oklahoma online traffic school and Bartlesville Oklahoma online driver improvement programs help you avoid expensive traffic and license reinstatement fines, can potentially eliminate traffic offenses from your record entirely, prevent the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS from permanently suspending or revoking you Bartlesville Oklahoma driving privileges and help lower car insurance payments. By keeping your Bartlesville Oklahoma driving record free of as many traffic offenses and points as possible, you eliminate the reasons for your auto insurance provider from implementing drastic hikes in your insurance premiums.
Bartlesville Oklahoma Mature Drivers
Certain drivers may even qualify for an insurance discount prior to incurring a traffic violation by enrolling in an Bartlesville Oklahoma online driver improvement program. Many Bartlesville Oklahoma insurers will consider offering Mature Drivers, drivers of ages 55 and older, discounts for establishing a track record of trying to improve their defensive driving skills and overall safe driving techniques. If you are an Bartlesville Oklahoma mature driver, you should contact your Bartlesville Oklahoma auto insurance carrier to find out if a discount for actively participating in an online Bartlesville Oklahoma traffic school or driver improvement course.
Bartlesville Oklahoma Juvenile Drivers
Bartlesville Oklahoma Juvenile Drivers, drivers under 18 years of age, may also find themselves eligible for lower insurance premiums by successfully completing a Bartlesville Oklahoma online driver improvement course. All online traffic school and driver improvement programs provide some form of certificate of completion, and presentation of that certificate to your Bartlesville Oklahoma auto insurance carrier could result in lower premiums immediately and lower premium hikes in the event of a future traffic accident or citation. You should contact your insurance carrier to see if attending an Bartlesville Oklahoma online traffic school can keep you or a juvenile driver in your household from paying higher insurance costs than necessary.
Bartlesville Oklahoma Classroom Traffic Schools
Alternatively, if you want to participate in a traditional classroom where you can attend and learn in person important defensive driving skills and techniques, you can contact the local Bartlesville Oklahoma court handling your traffic violation for a list of approved brick-and-mortar schools, or reach out to the Bartlesville Oklahoma DPS at (405) 425-2424.