Traffic Violations in Chester Pennsylvania
If you are driving in Chester Pennsylvania and are caught committing a traffic violation, you will be issued a citation by a local Chester Pennsylvania Police Officer, Chester Pennsylvania Sheriff's Office or the Chester Pennsylvania Highway Patrol. All Chester Pennsylvania traffic violations are overseen by a Chester Pennsylvania county or municipal court in the county where you received the traffic citation.
If you are issued a traffic ticket, the citation will include the information you need to know regarding the specific Chester Pennsylvania court overseeing your traffic violation as well as instructions on how to pay the fine without appearing in court if you so choose. While some courts in major urban Chester Pennsylvania areas will allow you to pay the fine for your traffic violation online, you will likely have to mail in a check or present a check or cash in person to the Chester Pennsylvania court handling your traffic violation.
If you wish to challenge your traffic violation or appear in court to plead guilty, your traffic citation will provide you with an arraignment date for you to appear in the Chester Pennsylvania court handling your traffic violation and set a date for trial.
Chester Pennsylvania Points System
Pennsylvania's state legislature has authorized the Chester Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ("DOT") to utilize a "points" system to record each driver's Chester Pennsylvania driving history. The Chester Pennsylvania points system requires you as a Chester Pennsylvania driver to maintain a driving record with less than six points at all times or risk possible suspension of your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges.
Below is a list of many common traffic violations and the points that the Chester Pennsylvania DOT assigns against your Chester Pennsylvania driving record for committing:
- Speeding by less than 10 mph: 2 pts
- License restriction violations (i.e., driving at night): 2 pts
- Running a Red Light: 3 pts
- Careless Driving: 3 pts
- Tailgating: 3 pts
- Failure to Yield: 3 pts
- Speeding by 11-15mph: 3 pts
- Speeding by 16-25mph: 4 pts
- Speeding by 26-30: 5 pts
- Speeding by more than 30mph: 5 pts & 15-day suspension
- Speeding in a Work Zone: Points + a 15-day suspension
While a single traffic violation may not seem like a serious issue, just two 11mph speeding violations in a short amount of time would result in six points on your record. If that happens, Chester Pennsylvania DOT will order you to take a written examination, within 30 days of a written notification, in order to retain your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges. By passing the exam, two points will be taken off your Chester Pennsylvania driving record.
Chester Pennsylvania will also eliminate three points off your driving record for every 12 months that you avoid traffic violations or a suspension for reasons not affiliated with your driving record (i.e., failure to pay child support). If you receive points against your Chester Pennsylvania driving record, but have them removed from your record through an extended period safe driving and can maintain a clean record for 12 more months, Chester Pennsylvania DOT will wipe your Chester Pennsylvania driving record clean as if you had never incurred any traffic violations.
Suspension of License in Chester Pennsylvania
If you are a Juvenile Driver, a driver under the age of 18, and you incur six points against your Chester Pennsylvania driving record or are caught speeding by over 25mph above the speed limit, you may have your license suspended for as much as 90 days and require you to successfully complete a written traffic safety examination. If this happens twice before you turn 19, Chester Pennsylvania DOT will suspend your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges for 4 months.
If you are above 18 years old, six points against your driving record will only result in your required passage of a Chester Pennsylvania DOT-administered written examination in order to retain your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges. You need to pass this exam, however, or your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges will be revoked for one month and you will still be required to pass the examination when that 30-day suspension has expired. Pass it, and two points will be removed from your Chester Pennsylvania driving record to allow you to continue driving in Chester Pennsylvania.
A second failure to keep six points off your Chester Pennsylvania driving record will trigger a more severe penalty. PennDOT will order you to attend an administrative hearing to examine your Chester Pennsylvania driving record. Unless you can explain away your consistent poor driving habits, you will likely have your Chester Pennsylvania driving record for fifteen days and be forced to pass a driving examination consisting of an on-road test. If you pass the road test within 30 days of your suspension, your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges will be reinstated.
If you cannot keep your Chester Pennsylvania driving record free of six total points for a third time, the Chester Pennsylvania DOT will implement exceedingly more stringent restrictions on your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges, including additional department hearings, longer suspensions. Further, if you are caught speeding by more than 30 mph just once, mandatory hearings will be held to determine whether you are a danger to other Chester Pennsylvania drivers and possible suspensions will be administered against your Chester Pennsylvania driving record. In addition, 5 points will be added to your driving record if you fail to attend any of the Chester Pennsylvania DOT ordered hearings.
Finally, if you incur 11 points against your Chester Pennsylvania driving record, the Chester Pennsylvania DOT will automatically suspend your license, depending on your previous Chester Pennsylvania driving record, for anywhere from five days to one year.
For all traffic violations, points and suspensions of your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges, the Chester Pennsylvania DOT will notify your insurance carrier, which almost certainly will raise your auto insurance premiums as a result.
Attending Chester Pennsylvania Traffic School
Unfortunately, the Chester Pennsylvania DOT does not provide Chester Pennsylvania drivers with an opportunity to have traffic violations or points removed from their Chester Pennsylvania driving record by attending traffic school or a defensive driver program. However, the local Chester Pennsylvania court overseeing your traffic violation may consider reducing or dismissing your traffic violation if you participate in some form of traffic school, including a Chester Pennsylvania online traffic school or online driver improvement program.
If you are interested in seeing if you can enroll in a Chester Pennsylvania online traffic school or driver improvement program in order to receive a lesser charge against you or have a traffic violation dismissed, you should call the local Chester Pennsylvania court handling your traffic violation to determine if this is a common option, particularly for first-time offenders. Alternatively, you should consider appearing in court for an arraignment and setting a date for trial, so you can ask the court if it will consider offering you a reduced penalty or dismissing the traffic violation in exchange for your enrollment in a Chester Pennsylvania online traffic school or Chester Pennsylvania online driver improvement program. Most likely, the court's discretion will depend on the severity of your traffic violation, the cleanliness of your previous Chester Pennsylvania driving history and your sincerity in seeking to improve your overall defensive and safe driving skills.
The Benefits of a Clean Chester Pennsylvania Record
As you can see, maintaining a clean Chester Pennsylvania driving record is helpful for many reasons. As well as avoiding costly citations, a clear Chester Pennsylvania driving record may help you avoid suspension of your Chester Pennsylvania driving privileges should you find yourself in a Chester Pennsylvania DOT administrative hearing to review your Chester Pennsylvania driving history.
A clean Chester Pennsylvania driving record also keeps your auto insurance premiums low by keeping the Chester Pennsylvania DOT from releasing information to your insurance carrier that is likely to lead to hikes in your insurance rates. Car insurance companies are also much less likely to raise your insurance premiums if you demonstrate a commitment to safe driving by enrolling an a Chester Pennsylvania online traffic school, Chester Pennsylvania online defensive driving program, or Chester Pennsylvania online driver improvement program.
Chester Pennsylvania online traffic school and online Chester Pennsylvania driver improvement programs can teach you defensive driving skills and improve your overall ability to drive safely so that you can help keep yourself and other Chester Pennsylvania drivers safe. In doing so, you will also stay free of traffic violations and avoidable accidents in the future.
Chester Pennsylvania Mature Driver Insurance Discounts
A Chester Pennsylvania driver improvement program may even qualify you for a discount. For Chester Pennsylvania mature Drivers, drivers 55 and older, successful completion of a state-approved mature driver improvement course can provide you with at least a 5% discount off your auto insurance premiums. Although some insurance carriers may remove the discount if you're in a chargeable accident, or receive points on your license within this time frame, this discount is valid for three years and you can retake the course after three years to re-qualify for the discount. You should contact your insurance carrier to determine if an online traffic school or driver improvement program will qualify as well.
Chester Pennsylvania Juvenile Driver Insurance Discounts
Chester Pennsylvania Juvenile Drivers, drivers under the age of 18, may be eligible for similar discounts as well. If you are a juvenile driver or have or a juvenile driver in your household, you should look into whether your insurance provider will lower your auto insurance premiums, or refrain from increasing those premiums in the event of an accident or traffic violation, simply by successfully participating in a Chester Pennsylvania online traffic school or online driver improvement program.
Chester Pennsylvania Brick and Mortar Traffic Schools
If you are interested in taking a Chester Pennsylvania driver improvement or traffic school course in a traditional classroom setting, or if you are required to do so as part of a plea settlement or Chester Pennsylvania DOT-administered penalty, you should contact the Chester Pennsylvania DOT or the local Chester Pennsylvania court overseeing your traffic violation to see if they can provide you with a list of approved brick-and-mortar traffic school classrooms.