Tappahannock Virginia Traffic Violations
If you are caught violating traffic laws in Tappahannock Virginia, a law enforcement officer will issue you a citation on behalf of the Tappahannock Virginia court system. While it’s obviously best to try to avoid this situation, here are your options should you be pulled over and issued a traffic ticket.
If you want to pay the ticket, your citation will give you address and other contact information so you can mail in your fine payment to the local Tappahannock Virginia court overseeing your traffic violation. Your citation may or may not disclose the amount you actually owe, so if you need to find out, you can contact the local Tappahannock Virginia county clerk’s office to find out. Alternatively, most Tappahannock Virginia courts will offer you a chance to pay in-person or online with a credit card. You will need the copy of your traffic violation citation on hand when paying in any form. Also, remember, when you pay the fine for your traffic violation, you are admitting guilt and the violation will find its way onto your Tappahannock Virginia driving record.
You may also want to dispute the charges, or appear in court to plead guilty see if you can have your charges reduced or dismissed. If this is the case, your traffic ticket will include a date for you to appear and discuss your traffic violation with the Tappahannock Virginia court. While not always the case, Tappahannock Virginia courts do have the power to reduce or dismiss your ticket should the judge feel the circumstances warrant such discretion. The court’s decision will undoubtedly rest on your previous Tappahannock Virginia driving record and the circumstances surrounding your most recent ticket. However, one of the best ways to amend for your poor driving decisions is to participate in a Tappahannock Virginia online driver improvement program, like the one offered through www.gototrafficschool.com.
If you pay the fine, plead guilty or are convicted the Tappahannock Virginia court handling your traffic ticket will notify the Tappahannock Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”). The Tappahannock Virginia DMV, upon receiving notification of your conviction, will attach the traffic violation to your Tappahannock Virginia driving record. The length of time your traffic violation stays on your Tappahannock Virginia driving record depends on the severity of the violation, and can be lengthened if that violation results in a suspension of your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges.
Tappahannock Virginia Points System
The Tappahannock Virginia DMV Point System allows the Tappahannock Virginia DMV to track the driving habits of Tappahannock Virginia drivers and prevent unsafe drivers from remaining on the roads. In addition, the Tappahannock Virginia DMV also keeps track of your safe driving habits, and will reward you for long periods of time in which you avoid traffic accidents and traffic violations. The Tappahannock Virginia DMV Points System consists of three point violations, four point violations, six point violations, which are applied against your Tappahannock Virginia driving record for every traffic violation you incur. These demerit points last for two years on your Tappahannock Virginia driving record from the date of your conviction. Some common examples include:
• Speeding by less than 10 mph (3 points)
• Improper u-turns (3 points)
• Failure to obtain a Tappahannock Virginia driver’s license (3 points)
• Speeding between 10-20 mph (4 points)
• Failure to yield (4 points)
• Tailgating (4 points)
• Failure to obey traffic signals (4 points)
• Speeding by more than 20 mph (6 points)
• Reckless driving (6 points)
• DUI’s (6 points)
• Driving after being labeled a “habitual offender” (6 points)
The Tappahannock Virginia DMV offsets these demerit points by issuing “safe driving points” to Tappahannock Virginia drivers for each year they avoid traffic violations or license suspensions. You can accumulate up to five safe driving points that will negate demerit points you incur against your Tappahannock Virginia driving record, although the underlying violations will still remain on your record. You can also earn safe driving points by enrolling in a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school, such as the driver improvement program offered by www.gototrafficschool.com, which has been authorized by Tappahannock Virginia courts and the Tappahannock Virginia DMV to satisfy Tappahannock Virginia’s safe driving points criteria.
Suspension of Your Tappahannock Virginia Driving Privileges
Demerit points can add up quickly on your Tappahannock Virginia driving record and, depending on your age, may result in required additional safe driver training or a loss of your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges for some time.
If you’re under 18, also known as a Juvenile Driver, and commit any traffic violation that results in points landing on your Tappahannock Virginia driving record, you will have to complete a Tappahannock Virginia driver improvement course within 90 days of being found guilty, or your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges will be suspended until you complete the driver improvement program. If you commit two point-related traffic violations before your 18th birthday, your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges will be suspended regardless of your overall Tappahannock Virginia driving record. After a third violation, the Tappahannock Virginia DMV will revoke your license until you reach 18, or for a calendar year, whichever is longer.
If you are a juvenile driver, or under the age of 20, and have been ordered to enroll in a Tappahannock Virginia traffic school or driver improvement clinic, you must attend an in-person class; online programs will not satisfy your requirements for having your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges fully reinstated.
For adult drivers, your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges can be suspended if you accumulate too many demerit points against your Tappahannock Virginia driving record. Earning eight points in a year or twelve points in two years will result in a written warning from the Tappahannock Virginia DMV, cautioning you to improve your driving habits.
Once you reach twelve points in a year, or 18 in two years, your license will be suspended unless you successfully complete a Tappahannock Virginia traditional or online driver improvement program within 90 days (remember, if you are under 20, you must participate in this program in person). If you amass 18 points in a year or 24 points in two years, your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges will be suspended for three months, minimum. You will also have to participate in a Tappahannock Virginia driver improvement program as part of your reinstatement. Once you have satisfied these requirements, the Tappahannock Virginia DMV will place you on six months of driving probation, and allow you to resume driving in Tappahannock Virginia during that time.
Attending Traffic School in Tappahannock Virginia
By attending an online Tappahannock Virginia driver improvement course or Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school before your Tappahannock Virginia driving privileges are suspended, you can receive valuable safe driving points on your record. You can enroll on a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement clinic once every two years and receive five safe driving points on your record, which will be used to offset any demerit points you receive. While, generally, your successful completion of a Tappahannock Virginia online driver improvement program will not also remove a traffic violation from your record, a Tappahannock Virginia court may be willing to dismiss the traffic violation altogether if you receive specific permission by the Tappahannock Virginia court handling your recent traffic violation, so you should speak with the court prior to enrolling to find out if you can qualify for this treatment.
If you enroll in a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program, like the class offered through www.gototrafficschool.com, you must take and pass a “final exam” with a score of 80%. You can re-take the final exam once per day, as many times as necessary, until you pass. Tappahannock Virginia requires that students' final exams be proctored, meaning you will need to take the final exam through our website on a computer at a public facility with internet access, like your local UPS store. These stores charge a per-minute fee for internet access, and the exam usually takes 10-30 minutes to complete, so you’ll have an additional $5 or so in internet usage fees. If you fail the exam, you can re-take it the next day and still receive full credit for the course.
Gotottrafficschool.com will provide you with a list of testing locations to choose from when you are ready to take the final exam. You can call us at 1-888-329-7069 if you need help finding a testing site near you. When you arrive at the proctor site, tell an employee you are there for the GoToTrafficSchool.com final exam. The employee should verify your identity by checking your photo ID, and then will give you an access code. You can then log on to the course as usual, and click on "exam" in the syllabus. When the next screen comes up, choose the proctor location you are at from the scroll down menu, and enter the access code you were given. You will then be able to start the exam.
Once you have passed the exam, gototrafficschool.com will automatically send your certificate of completion to the Tappahannock Virginia DMV and your safe driving points will be added. If you are participating in the Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school to have a ticket dismissed from or reduced on your traffic record, you may need to contact the Tappahannock Virginia court directly and provide them with your completion certificate.
The Benefits of a Clean Tappahannock Virginia Driving Record
Attending a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school like gototrafficschool.com will not only provide you with valuable safe driving points, and possibly help you avoid a traffic violation from ending up on your Tappahannock Virginia driving record altogether, but teach you important safe driving habits and defensive driving techniques that can keep you out of avoidable accidents and traffic violations in the first place.
As well, completion of a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school like gototrafficschool.com can also lower your insurance premiums. For an additional $5, gototrafficschool.com can send your insurance company a certificate of completion of your online driver improvement course, which will significantly help reduce your “insurance points.” These points are used by your Tappahannock Virginia insurance company, independent of the Tappahannock Virginia DMV’s point system, to determine your insurance rates. Successful completion of a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school program can help lower those rates.
Tappahannock Virginia Mature Driver and Juvenile Driver Insurance Discounts
Enrollment in the gototrafficschool.com driver improvement course may even qualify you for an insurance discount. Tappahannock Virginia mature drivers, those drivers over age 55, and Tappahannock Virginia juvenile drivers, those drivers under the age of 20, often experience higher insurance premiums based on these age groups’ tendency to end up in avoidable traffic accidents. By enrolling in a Tappahannock Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program like the one offered by gototrafficschool.com, your insurance carrier may be willing to offer you a safe driver discount, based on the notion that you are taking steps to ensure you do not end up in avoidable accidents or needlessly violating traffic laws. If you would like to know more about these opportunities, you should contact your auto insurance carrier today.
Tappahannock Virginia Classroom Traffic Schools
The Tappahannock Virginia DMV has also approved a long list of traditional, classroom-setting traffic schools for you to participate in, organized by “districts,” should you wish to attend a Tappahannock Virginia driver improvement program in person. For more information on the following classrooms, you can review them online or contact your local Tappahannock Virginia DMV office. Below is a list of all brick-and-mortar locations:
Big Stone Gap
North Fairfax District
South Fairfax District
Tappahannock Virginia Beach