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Traffic Violations in Pennsylvania

If you are driving in Pennsylvania and are caught committing a traffic violation, you will be issued a citation by a local Pennsylvania Police Officer, Pennsylvania Sheriff's Office or the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol. All Pennsylvania traffic violations are overseen by a 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 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 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 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 Pennsylvania court handling your traffic violation and set a date for trial.

Pennsylvania Points System

The Pennsylvania state legislature has authorized the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ("DOT") to utilize a "points" system to record each driver's Pennsylvania driving history. The Pennsylvania points system requires you as a Pennsylvania driver to maintain a driving record with less than six points at all times or risk possible suspension of your Pennsylvania driving privileges.

Below is a list of many common traffic violations and the points that the Pennsylvania DOT assigns against your 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, Pennsylvania DOT will order you to take a written examination, within 30 days of a written notification, in order to retain your Pennsylvania driving privileges. By passing the exam, two points will be taken off your Pennsylvania driving record.

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 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, Pennsylvania DOT will wipe your Pennsylvania driving record clean as if you had never incurred any traffic violations.

Suspension of License in Pennsylvania

If you are a Juvenile Driver, a driver under the age of 18, and you incur six points against your 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, Pennsylvania DOT will suspend your 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 Pennsylvania DOT-administered written examination in order to retain your Pennsylvania driving privileges. You need to pass this exam, however, or your 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 Pennsylvania driving record to allow you to continue driving in Pennsylvania.

A second failure to keep six points off your Pennsylvania driving record will trigger a more severe penalty. PennDOT will order you to attend an administrative hearing to examine your Pennsylvania driving record. Unless you can explain away your consistent poor driving habits, you will likely have your 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 Pennsylvania driving privileges will be reinstated.

If you cannot keep your Pennsylvania driving record free of six total points for a third time, the Pennsylvania DOT will implement exceedingly more stringent restrictions on your 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 Pennsylvania drivers and possible suspensions will be administered against your Pennsylvania driving record. In addition, 5 points will be added to your driving record if you fail to attend any of the Pennsylvania DOT ordered hearings.

Finally, if you incur 11 points against your Pennsylvania driving record, the Pennsylvania DOT will automatically suspend your license, depending on your previous Pennsylvania driving record, for anywhere from five days to one year.

 

For all traffic violations, points and suspensions of your Pennsylvania driving privileges, the Pennsylvania DOT will notify your insurance carrier, which almost certainly will raise your auto insurance premiums as a result.

Attending Pennsylvania Traffic School

Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania DOT does not provide Pennsylvania drivers with an opportunity to have traffic violations or points removed from their Pennsylvania driving record by attending traffic school or a defensive driver program. However, the local 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 Pennsylvania online traffic school or online driver improvement program.

If you are interested in seeing if you can enroll in a 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 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 Pennsylvania online traffic school or 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 Pennsylvania driving history and your sincerity in seeking to improve your overall defensive and safe driving skills.

The Benefits of a Clean Pennsylvania Record

As you can see, maintaining a clean Pennsylvania driving record is helpful for many reasons. As well as avoiding costly citations, a clear Pennsylvania driving record may help you avoid suspension of your Pennsylvania driving privileges should you find yourself in a Pennsylvania DOT administrative hearing to review your Pennsylvania driving history.

A clean Pennsylvania driving record also keeps your auto insurance premiums low by keeping the 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 Pennsylvania online traffic school, Pennsylvania online defensive driving program, or Pennsylvania online driver improvement program.

Pennsylvania online traffic school and online 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 Pennsylvania drivers safe. In doing so, you will also stay free of traffic violations and avoidable accidents in the future.

Pennsylvania Mature Driver Insurance Discounts

A Pennsylvania driver improvement program may even qualify you for a discount. For 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.

Pennsylvania Juvenile Driver Insurance Discounts

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 Pennsylvania online traffic school or online driver improvement program.

Pennsylvania Brick and Mortar Traffic Schools

If you are interested in taking a 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 Pennsylvania DOT-administered penalty, you should contact the Pennsylvania DOT or the local Pennsylvania court overseeing your traffic violation to see if they can provide you with a list of approved brick-and-mortar traffic school classrooms.

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What methods of payment do you accept for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online defensive driving program?
The GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online driver safety course accepts payment in the form of credit card, check, online check, and money order.  You may also select the “pay later” option and this will allow you to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online defensive driving course before payment.  However, you must pay prior to taking the final exam. 
What choices do I have as far as the shipping of my Pennsylvania certificate of completion?

We want to make sure that your Pennsylvania certificate of completion reaches the court on-time, which is why GoToTrafficSchool.com has several reliable shipping options that will get your online traffic school certificate to you when you need it.  If you select regular US Mail, your online Pennsylvania traffic school will be delivered in 7-10 business days.  If you select FedEx, you have the option of selecting Priority Overnight certificate completion delivery (by or before 10:30AM the next business morning), Standard Overnight certificate of completion delivery (by or before 5PM the next business day), Second Day delivery (by or before 5PM on the second business day), Express Delivery (by or before 5PM on the third business day), and if you complete your online Pennsylvania traffic school course on a Friday we also offer FedEx Saturday Delivery (by or before 12PM on Saturday).  If you live in Los Angeles County, same day messenger service is available.  

What methods does the Pennsylvania online defensive driving course utilize for the protection of its users’ personal info?
The GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online defensive driving course utilizes the latest in SSL encryption to shield your personal information from any unlawful outside access. This concern for our customers’ privacy is one of the reasons we have grown into one of the nation’s leading providers of online Pennsylvania traffic school courses.
Does the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online traffic school course offer a path to ticket dismissal?
Yes, it does!  However, it is recommended that you contact your Pennsylvania court in order to verify that the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online traffic school course is approved for dismissal of a Pennsylvania traffic ticket.
Is GoToTrafficSchool.com the cheapest option for Pennsylvania online driver education courses?
In a word, yes.  GoToTrafficSchool.com is one of the country’s most reputable and sought-after providers of Pennsylvania online traffic school and Pennsylvania online defensive driving courses in Pennsylvania because it always delivers to customers the lowest prices on the market. Other Pennsylvania online traffic schools play pricing games with customers by advertising one price on their homepage, having customers sign up for their entire Pennsylvania online traffic school program only to be ambushed by lots of hidden fees that dramatically raises the total cost of their Pennsylvania online traffic school programs.
I’ve heard good things about the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online traffic school course but don’t know how it’s supposed to work. Can you give me some basic info?
GoToTrafficSchool.com offers its Pennsylvania online traffic school courses for the purpose of Pennsylvania ticket dismissal or Pennsylvania insurance reduction. Once you have enrolled, you will need to commit to reading the chapters, taking the quizzes at the end of each chapter, and passing a final exam. One advantage our Pennsylvania online course has over a classroom course is that it allows you to start and stop as often as you need in order to make the course work with your schedule. When it’s all over, we mail you a Pennsylvania certificate of completion according to the shipping method you chose at registration.
Am I eligible for an insurance premium discount if I take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online traffic school course?
Possibly, but it depends on your Pennsylvania insurance company. Many will offer a discount of your insurance premiums for taking a Pennsylvania online defensive driving course, but not all. To find out if you are eligible for a Pennsylvania safe driver discount upon successful completion of a Pennsylvania online driver safety course, speak with your insurance agent.
Will it take longer for me to receive my Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal certificate if I take the Pennsylvania online defensive driving course over a three day period from two different computers, versus taking the Pennsylvania online driver safety course over three days from a single home computer?
It will not delay the Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal certificate if you take the Pennsylvania online driver safety course from two different computers versus only your home computer.  The program is set up so that you may logon to any computer that has internet access and that has the correct flash and browser requirements installed.
I’m worried that I won’t be able to make the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online traffic school course fit with my busy schedule.
Don’t worry! You have 180 days from the time of registration to finish the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania internet traffic school course. Within that timeframe, you’re free to stop and start again as often as your schedule demands.
I think that I am just about finished taking the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online defensive driving course. How can I find out where my Pennsylvania certificate of completion will be sent?
You should have been told as you got to the end of the registration process where your Pennsylvania certificate of completion would be sent. Don’t worry: if we mailed your certificate of completion directly to your court in Pennsylvania, we will notify you via e-mail. You can then get in touch with your court in Pennsylvania to verify that they have received your certificate of completion. You should have gotten the contact info for your court from the member’s area of the website upon completing the registration process.
How much time is there for me to get a refund of my Pennsylvania online traffic school course fee?

You have until your Pennsylvania certificate of completion is shipped to ask for a refund. Fees for the Pennsylvania online defensive driving school can be refunded at any point prior to completing the Pennsylvania defensive driving course online.

Do I need to worry that the Pennsylvania online traffic school won’t accommodate my difficulty reading large amounts of text?

No. We have made it easier for students like yourself by providing a "read along" feature in all of our Pennsylvania online traffic school courses. Because it reads the Pennsylvania driver improvement course text aloud as you follow along with the online text, you will not be hindered by difficulty reading large amounts of text. All of the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online driver safety courses fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which means accessibility for all. 

If I take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal course, how can I be sure that it is accepted by the Pennsylvania court?
It is best to check with Pennsylvania court to find out if the online defensive driving course at GoToTrafficSchool.com meets the court’s requirements.
How can I qualify to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal, Pennsylvania online insurance reduction, or Pennsylvania online point reduction course?
Most states only allow defendants to take defensive driving once every 12 to 24 months.  Please check with your Pennsylvania court to be sure that you are eligible to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online driver improvement course.
How many Pennsylvania online traffic school quizzes should I expect to see in the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online defensive driving course?
In the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online driver safety course, there will be a Pennsylvania defensive driving quiz after each Pennsylvania online defensive driving course chapter.
Along with getting a ticket dismissed, will the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania driver education course help me avoid the accumulation of additional points on my driving record?
Yes. It’s wise to do whatever you can to avoid the accumulation of points on your Pennsylvania driving record, since too many points can lead to increased premiums and even suspension of your driving privileges. Most states will allow you to use the GoToTrafficSchool.com online defensive driving course to keep points from being applied to your Pennsylvania driving record. However, keep in mind that states generally do not allow the use of Pennsylvania traffic school course for the removal of EXISTING points.
Is it necessary for the GoToTrafficSchool.com defensive driving internet course that I register for to match the state where I received the citation?
Because the Pennsylvania court may reject your certificate and deny you credit for the course if it’s for the wrong state, we strongly recommend making sure that you take the GoToTrafficSchool.com online defensive driving course for the state of Pennsylvania.
Can I take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania internet traffic school course if my Pennsylvania ticket is due within 4 days?
Possibly.  However, we recommend that you allow at least 3 to 5 business days after the completion of the Pennsylvania online defensive driving course to have the Pennsylvania certificate of completion processed and sent to the Pennsylvania court of issuance.  If you order expedited shipping through FedEx, you can have the Pennsylvania certificate of completion delivered the next business after you finish the Pennsylvania online traffic school course.  In some states, you may not enroll in the Pennsylvania traffic school course if you have fewer than 10 days until your Pennsylvania traffic school due date.  Please check with your Pennsylvania court to find out what they recommend.
I have doubts as to whether my court in Pennsylvania will accept an internet traffic school course like GoToTrafficSchool.com. Do you know?
No, because ticket dismissal rules vary from court to court, the only way to know for sure is to ask the Pennsylvania judge prior to enrolling in the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania internet traffic school course (unless your court has specifically referred you to the GoToTrafficSchool.com course).
How does the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online driver safety course compare with the traditional Pennsylvania classroom setting?
The GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online defensive driving course is flexible around your schedule, and you do not have to sit in a Pennsylvania classroom for a long period of time.  You can take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online driver improvement course if you have a computer with internet access, and you can take frequent breaks and complete the program at your convenience.
Will my court allow me to dismiss multiple traffic citations if I take your Pennsylvania online traffic school course?
No.  With very few exceptions, courts will not allow you to dismiss multiple Pennsylvania traffic citations with a single traffic school course. Additionally, because states vary in how often they allow defendants to take defensive driving courses, you should read the "eligibility details" for your court on our website. If no eligibility details are present, please consult your court to make sure that you can enroll in an online traffic school course to dismiss your citation.
Will I be required to verify my identity for the Pennsylvania online defensive driving course?
Very few courts require you to verify identity.  If your Pennsylvania court approves online defensive driving and online traffic school, we will tell you whether ID verification is required. ID verifications in online defensive driving, online traffic school and online point reduction courses are used by some courts to verify that you are who you say you are prior to completing the final examination. This is how courts make sure that nobody else is taking the Pennsylvania course in your place. Certain Pennsylvania courts may request ID verification in the form of a proctored final exam, a notarized final exam answer sheet or ID verification through the use of a limited credit check.
Is there any other way that I can take the Pennsylvania online driver improvement course if I do not have an internet connection?
Yes!  GoToTrafficSchool.com offers internet traffic school, streaming video traffic school and DVD traffic school formats.  Please check with your Pennsylvania court for more information about the availability of certain Pennsylvania online driver improvement course formats.
What is the process for obtaining my Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal course password if I cannot locate it?
No problem!  If you forget your GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal, Pennsylvania online insurance reduction, or Pennsylvania online point reduction course password, just click "forgot password" on the login screen and GoToTrafficSchool.com will email your Pennsylvania online driver improvement course password to you in a matter of seconds!
I am busy and need plenty of time to finish the Pennsylvania online defensive driving course. Do I need to be concerned that my account may be disabled due to inactivity?
It depends on how long the account may be inactive.  Generally, all Pennsylvania internet traffic school course accounts are disabled after 6 months (180 days) from the date of your online traffic school registration at GoToTrafficSchool.com.  However, GoToTrafficSchool.com will send emails to you if you have not logged into your Pennsylvania online driver improvement course in a while so you don't forget! 
When I register for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Pennsylvania internet defensive driving course, how can I be sure that my personal information is protected?
Please refer to our privacy policy link on the GoToTrafficSchool.com homepage for detailed information about GoToTrafficSchool.com's privacy policy.  We will not share, sell or distribute your personal information to any third party, unless we are required to do so by a government entity or court in order to process the Pennsylvania internet driver safety course, Pennsylvania internet insurance reduction course or Pennsylvania internet defensive driving course.  GoToTrafficSchool.com values and respects the privacy of our customers. 
What can I do if my internet connection is lost while I am taking the Pennsylvania online ticket dismissal course?
We can help!  If your internet connection fails while you are taking the Pennsylvania internet ticket dismissal, Pennsylvania online insurance reduction, or Pennsylvania online point reduction course, don't worry...  If the internet connection fails, and you lose course time, fail a quiz or the final exam, contact the GoToTrafficSchool.com customer service center immediately.  We will do our best to make sure that you are not penalized for something that is beyond your control.  So, rest easy! 

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