Fargo North Dakota Traffic Violations
Driving privileges in Fargo North Dakota are overseen by the North Dakota state court system, which split traffic violations into two jurisdictions. If you are pulled over for a traffic violation in a Fargo North Dakota city or town, a local law enforcement officer will issue you with a citation that includes information of the local Fargo North Dakota Municipal Court handling your traffic violation. If you are pulled over on the highway, you will receive a citation telling you which Fargo North Dakota Circuit Court oversees your violation. Either way, the citation will explain to you how and where to send payment of your traffic violation fine.
If you want to dispute your traffic ticket, your ticket will have information for you on how to contact the Fargo North Dakota court handling your citation and arrange for a hearing. At your hearing, you may either attempt to challenge the law enforcement officer's account of your traffic violation, or you can plead guilty or "no contest." If you choose to plead guilty, you may be able to request a reduction or dismissal of your charges in exchange for your enrollment in a Fargo North Dakota online driver improvement program or traffic school.
Fargo North Dakota Points System
A fine is not all you'll get along with your traffic violation. The Fargo North Dakota Department of Transportation ("DOT") keeps track of Fargo North Dakota driving records and tallies points against your record for every traffic violation you are involved in. You can review the entire Fargo North Dakota point system online, but below are a list of some of the common traffic violations you may find yourself in and a list of the points that will attach to your Fargo North Dakota driving record as a result:
- Speeding off the Highway
- By more than 10 mph: 1 pt
- By more than 15 mph: 3 pts
- By more than 20 mph: 5 pts
- By more than 25 mph: 9 pts
- By more than 35 mph: 12 pts
- Speeding on the Highway
- By more than 10 mph: 3 pts
- By more than 15 mph: 5 pts
- By more than 20 mph: 7 pts
- By more than 25 mph: 10 pts
- By more than 30 mph: 12 pts
- Ignoring a Railroad Crossing Sign: 3 pts
- Reckless Driving: 8 pts
- Driving without a License: 4 pts
- Ignoring a Police Officer: 2 pts
- Fleeing an Accident with Damage: 14 pts
Suspension of Your Fargo North Dakota Driving Privileges
These points can accumulate fast, and if you get too many on your record, your license will be suspended. For a Fargo North Dakota Juvenile Driver,a driver under the age of 18, six points on your record will result in a suspension of your driving privileges for a week, plus an additional week for every point you accumulate over the six-point threshold. As an adult, you have slightly more leeway: 12 points will result in a suspension, plus an additional week for every point you accumulate over the six-point threshold.
Your Fargo North Dakota driving privileges can also be suspended automatically if you incur severe traffic violations against your Fargo North Dakota driving record. Below are some examples of ways to have your license suspended without accumulating any points on your record:
- Speeding by more than 35 mph on a local road
- Evading a Law Enforcement Officer
- Multiple DUI convictions
- Using a Driver's License to Impersonate Another
- Fleeing an Accident the Resulted in Personal Injury
If you have committed a severe traffic violation, or accumulated the necessary points to warrant a suspension, the Fargo North Dakota DOT will notify you by mail very shortly. Once you receive the notice, you must respond within ten days if you wish to set up a hearing for an appeal, or request an opportunity to have your penalty mitigated based on your specific circumstances.
Attending Traffic School in Fargo North Dakota
If your Fargo North Dakota driving privileges are in danger of being suspended based on points you have accumulated against your Fargo North Dakota driving record, you have an opportunity to avoid this harsh result. The Fargo North Dakota DOT allows you to participate in one of four traditional Fargo North Dakota traffic schools or Fargo North Dakota driver improvement programs in exchange for having three points taken off your Fargo North Dakota driving record. The Fargo North Dakota DOT will allow you to enroll in a Fargo North Dakota traffic school or driver improvement program once a year for a reduction in points on your Fargo North Dakota driving record. If you have been ordered by the Fargo North Dakota DOT to enroll in such a program after your suspension, the points will likely stay on your Fargo North Dakota driving history, particularly if your enrollment is the result of a DUI-related sentence.
You may also be able to enroll in a Fargo North Dakota online traffic school or online driver improvement program, if authorized by the Fargo North Dakota court handling your traffic violation. Fargo North Dakota courts have jurisdiction over online traffic schools, so if you are interested in taking a Fargo North Dakota online traffic school or driver improvement program from the comfort of your own home in exchange for a reduction of points on your Fargo North Dakota driving record, as well as a possible reduction or dismissal of the traffic violation altogether, you should contact the court handling your violation or appear in court for a hearing of your traffic violation to request such an opportunity.
The Benefits of a Clean Fargo North Dakota Driving Record
It is important that you keep as clean of a Fargo North Dakota driving record as possible. First, there is nothing good about having to pay a traffic violation fine or getting in a potentially harmful traffic accident. Further, for every point that ends up on your Fargo North Dakota driving record, you can be certain that your Fargo North Dakota car insurance will increase accordingly. Fargo North Dakota online traffic school and online driver improvement programs, as well as the traditional programs offered by the Fargo North Dakota DOT, are designed to help you avoid all of these repercussions. Fargo North Dakota online traffic schools and online driver improvement programs can not only help erase or reduce points and traffic violations from your Fargo North Dakota driving record, and help prevent your insurance premiums from increasing, but it also helps you learn valuable defensive driving techniques and reinforces safe driving habits that are designed to keep you out of traffic violations and accidents altogether.
Fargo North Dakota Mature Driver Insurance Discounts
A Fargo North Dakota online traffic school may even qualify you for an insurance discount before you are involved in a traffic violation. Most insurance companies want to encourage certain groups of drivers to refresh their safe driving habits from time to time, including Mature Drivers, drivers over the age of 55. If you are a Fargo North Dakota mature driver, you should contact your auto insurance provider to see if you are eligible for an insurance discount in exchange for enrolling a Fargo North Dakota online or Fargo North Dakota DOT-approved traffic school or driver improvement program.
Fargo North Dakota Juvenile Driver Insurance Discounts
Juvenile Drivers, those drivers below the age of 18, are also a group of Fargo North Dakota drivers that insurance companies want to be in the mindset of defensive and safe driving. If you have a juvenile driver in your household or are a juvenile driver, your insurance company may be willing to lower your costly insurance premiums if you can establish a solid track record of safe driving. One step to doing that is to enroll in a Fargo North Dakota online traffic school or driver improvement program.
Fargo North Dakota Classroom Traffic Schools
If you would like to enroll in a Fargo North Dakota traffic school or driver improvement program but have been ordered to take a Fargo North Dakota DOT-sponsored class, or you would rather participate in a more traditional classroom setting, the Fargo North Dakota DOT has four pre-approved brick-and-mortar classes, provided by the following organizations:
- The National Safety Council
- The Fargo North Dakota Safety Council
- Safer Driving
- The American Association of Retired Persons