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West Virginia Traffic Violations

In West Virginia, the courts oversee all traffic violations. However, which court depends on how you were issued your traffic citation. If you committed a traffic violation on a local or city street, a West Virginia city court has authority over your ticket. If you are pulled over on the highway or by a West Virginia state police officer, you will have to handle the ticket with a magistrate court. Thankfully, your traffic violation citation will contain the information you need to make sure you are handling the citation with the proper authorities.

Your citation will also tell you where you can mail payment or pay in person. As well, your citation should include a date for you to appear in court, should you not want to pay the ticket right away. By appearing in court, you can request a trial date to dispute the case in front of a judge, or you can plead guilty right away on the date included on your ticket. If you appear in court and plead guilty, you may be able to ask the court to reduce or dismiss your traffic violation entirely in exchange for your enrollment in a driver improvement program or traffic school, including a West Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program. The West Virginia judge you appear in front of will have total discretion over such a decision, but will likely consider your previous West Virginia driving record, as well as the particulars of the traffic violation that brought you before the court in the first place.

West Virginia Points System

You should try to avoid having to consider these options too often, as West Virginia uses a points system to track West Virginia driving habits and help keep unsafe West Virginia drivers off the road. These points will appear on your West Virginia driving record if you are convicted or plead guilty (paying is technically pleading guilty) of a traffic offense in West Virginia or any other state. The following is a list of some of the points that will appear on your West Virginia driving record for their accompanying offenses

  • Improper Turns, Starting or Stopping: 2 points
  • Impeding Traffic: 2 points
  • Tailgating: 2 points
  • Failure to Signal Properly: 2 points
  • Speeding by more than 5 mph: 2 points
  • Failure to Display Valid License: 2 points
  • Speeding by more than 10 mph: 3 points
  • Wrong Way on a 1-Way Street: 3 points
  • Failure to Yield: 3 points
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signals: 3 points
  • Failure to obey stop sign: 3 points
  • Littering: 3 points
  • Speeding by more than 15 mph: 5 points
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident: 6 points
  • Passing a Stopped School Bus: 6 points
  • Speeding in a School Zone: 6 points
  • Reckless Driving: 6 points
  • Fleeing an Officer: 8 points

These points, once accumulated, will stay on your West Virginia driving record for two years, and the underlying traffic violation will be on your West Virginia driving record for seven years. In addition to these misfortunes, your accumulation of points may result in a suspension of your West Virginia driving privileges altogether.

Suspension of Your West Virginia Driving Privileges

Once you amass five points against your driving record in a two year period, the West Virginia DMV will notify you by mail that your West Virginia driving privileges could be suspended if you fail to curb your unsafe driving practices. Afterward, depending on how many points you incur on your West Virginia driving record at any one time, your West Virginia driving privileges can be suspended for the following amount of time:

  • 12-13 Points: 30 Days
  • 14-15 Points: 45 Days
  • 16-17 Points: 60 Days
  • 18-19 Points: 90 Days
  • 20 Points: Suspension until total driving record points are less than 11

Further, your West Virginia driving privileges can be suspended immediately for any one of the following infractions, even if you commit them just once:

  • Falsifying information to West Virginia courts or the West Virginia DMV
  • Falsifying information to a West Virginia auto insurance provider
  • Failure to obtain adequate auto insurance
  • Fraudulently portraying another's license as your own
  • Lending your license to another
  • Physically altering your West Virginia driving license

Certain traffic violations can also result in indefinite revocation of your West Virginia driving privileges, meaning that, barring reinstatement by the West Virginia DMV, you may never be able to drive in West Virginia again:

  • Driving on a suspended license
  • DUI conviction
  • 2 traffic violations for a minor ("graduated licensee")
  • 3 reckless driving conviction in two years
  • Drag racing
  • Fleeing an Accident that resulted in another's injury
  • Negligent homicide

If your license has been suspended or revoked for any reason, it is imperative that you refrain from driving under any and all circumstances until you have paid your debt and accomplished all that is required of you by the West Virginia court handling your suspension or the West Virginia DMV. Driving on a suspended or revoked West Virginia license results in an additional year suspension without opportunity for an appeal. Driving while your West Virginia driving privileges have been suspended due to a DUI conviction will land you in jail for a minimum of six months, and further suspension of your West Virginia driving privileges.

Attending Traffic School in West Virginia

If you receive a warning in the mail from the West Virginia DMV, you should seriously consider enrolling in a West Virginia driver improvement program, including West Virginia online traffic school or online defensive driving courses. By enrolling in a West Virginia traditional or online traffic school or driver improvement program, you can remove up to three points from your West Virginia driving record once every two years.

While the West Virginia DMV has only specifically authorized a few traditional traffic schools to satisfy the requirements needed to reduce points on your West Virginia driving record, West Virginia courts may allow you to enroll in a West Virginia online traffic school to satisfy these requirements. In addition, the court may also consider reducing or dismissing the violation from your traffic record altogether. It is important that you speak with the local West Virginia court handling your traffic violation about this, as the matter will be left up solely to the court's discretion.

Also, timing is of the essence. West Virginia will not allow you to enroll in a West Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program once you have reached twelve points on your West Virginia driving record, or if you have eleven points on your West Virginia driving record and a pending violation percolating through the system. This includes points that become pending as the result of a traffic violation after you have already appeared before a West Virginia court and agreed to enroll in a West Virginia online traffic school program, but have not yet successfully completed it. So, if you want to participate in a West Virginia online traffic school or defensive driving safety course to improve your West Virginia driving record and possibly have points and their underlying traffic violations removed from your record, you should enroll long before you are dangerously close to West Virginia's 12-point threshold.

The Benefits of a Clean West Virginia Driving Record

A clear West Virginia driving record is important for many reasons. A clear West Virginia driving record usually means you also aren't paying the hefty fines that accompany a traffic citation. Your clean West Virginia driving record also helps you avoid losing your West Virginia driving privileges due to repeat traffic offenses.

West Virginia online traffic schools and West Virginia online driver improvement programs are designed to improve your defensive driving skills and teach you safe driving habits so you can help keep yourself and other West Virginia drivers safe, steer clear of traffic violations in the future and keep your West Virginia driving record looking pristine.

Further, you can significantly help lower you auto insurance payments by making sure your West Virginia driving record is as free of traffic violations as possible. Your participation in a West Virginia online driver improvement program can help you do this. The better your West Virginia driving record looks to insurance providers, including participation in a West Virginia online traffic school. the less likely you are to see a jump in your insurance premiums. This alone can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars annually, particularly if your enrollment prevents the attachment of a more serious traffic violation to your West Virginia driving record.

West Virginia Mature Driver Insurance Discounts

Many West Virginia insurance providers also support safe driving for Mature Driver, drivers 50 and older, by offering driver improvement courses and allowing mature drivers to enroll in a West Virginia online traffic school. Such safe driving programs can result in significant discounts to your insurance premiums, helping you save money while you improve your driving abilities. You should contact your auto insurance provider to see what types of discounts may be available to you as a West Virginia Mature Driver.

West Virginia Juvenile Driver Insurance Discounts

Similarly, West Virginia Juvenile Drivers, those drivers between 16 and 18, also may be able to see reductions in their auto insurance premiums by enrolling in a West Virginia online traffic school or online defensive driving course. Young drivers are common targets for insurance companies to charge very high rates, often due to the common careless mistakes and unsafe driving habits that come along with being an inexperienced driver. If you have a juvenile driver in your home, or are a West Virginia juvenile driver, you should reach out to your local auto insurance providers and see if a West Virginia online traffic school can help improve your West Virginia driving record and, in turn, lower your auto insurance rates.

West Virginia Classroom Traffic Schools

If you would like to take traffic school, a defensive driving course, or a driver improvement program in a standard classroom setting, the West Virginia DMV suggests the following brick-and-mortar traffic school classes for you to consider enrolling in:

  • West Virginia Driver Training
  • Able Driving School
  • Bluefield AAA

For more information on these schools, you may contact them directly, or reach out to your local West Virginia DMV office or a local West Virginia magistrate court, to see how these classes compare with a West Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program.

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Does it matter what type of credit card that I use to pay for the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver improvement program?
No, you can use any major credit card for payment for the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online ticket dismissal course. 
Is there more than one delivery option for my West Virginia online traffic school certificate of completion?

We know that you want your West Virginia online certificate of completion to reach the court on-time, which is why GoToTrafficSchool.com offers several shipping options for getting your online traffic school certificate to you in a timely manner.  Regular US Mail delivery of your online West Virginia traffic school certificate takes 7-10 business days.  If you select FedEx, you may choose Priority Overnight certificate of 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 West Virginia traffic school course on a Friday we also offer FedEx Saturday Delivery (by or before 12PM on Saturday).  For Los Angeles County residents, we provide same day messenger service.  

I won’t take an online West Virginia traffic school course unless I am convinced that the provider takes issues of security seriously. Can this be said about GoToTrafficSchool.com?
Absolutely! Our West Virginia online traffic school course comes with a guarantee of security. GoToTrafficSchool.com utilizes the latest in SSL encryption to block any unlawful or unauthorized access to our users’ personal information.
I’ve decided to try the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school course for West Virginia ticket dismissal. Is there anything I need to know before I begin?
The one thing you’ll want to remember is that different courts have different rules. Because we don’t want you to waste your time, it is a good idea to consult your West Virginia court judge in order to determine if the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online defensive driving course is approved for ticket dismissal in West Virginia.
Will the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school course save me money?
Definitely! Because we offer our customers more reasonable prices than they can find anyplace else, GoToTrafficSchool.com has grown into one of the largest providers of West Virginia online traffic school courses in the country. The price you will pay for our West Virginia online traffic school course depends on the state, county, and court in which you received your ticket. However, the current West Virginia online traffic school course price is . Keep in mind that is the price of our internet West Virginia traffic school only.  If you choose the West Virginia traffic school video or DVD, West Virginia traffic school streaming video or West Virginia traffic school workbook courses the price may be slightly higher. Select your desired West Virginia driver safety course format during registration for accurate pricing information
What exactly do I need to know for the West Virginia online defensive driving, West Virginia online traffic school, West Virginia online driver improvement and West Virginia online insurance reduction courses?
Our courses fall under two basic categories: West Virginia insurance reduction and West Virginia ticket dismissal. These West Virginia online driver education courses may be taken from any computer with internet access. Each West Virginia online driver education course is divided into chapters, with each chapter followed by a short quiz that will prepare you for the West Virginia final exam.  Feel free to start and stop the West Virginia driver safety anytime that you need to, and the system will pick up exactly where you left off. Upon passing the West Virginia final exam you will be awarded a West Virginia certificate of completion. The West Virginia certificate will be sent to you according to the shipping method you selected at registration.
Does every West Virginia insurance agent offer premium discounts upon completion of a West Virginia online defensive driving course?
No, unfortunately not all insurance companies offer a discount on insurance premiums for completing a quality West Virginia online traffic school course like the one at GoToTrafficSchool.com. Your West Virginia insurance agent can inform you more fully about your West Virginia insurance company’s policy regarding West Virginia insurance reduction. 
My schedule rarely allows me to sit in one place for hours at a time. Will this make a difference with the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia internet driver safety course?
Not at all! Because the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia internet driver safety course can be accessed from any computer (provided it has an internet connection), you are not limited to just one computer or workstation. Wherever you are and wherever you go, your course progress will be saved!
I won’t have to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school course in one sitting, will I?
It is not necessary for you to take the entire GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school course all at once. There is no problem if you need to take frequent breaks within the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver safety course.
I don’t know where my certificate of completion was sent now that I am done with the West Virginia online traffic school or West Virginia online defensive driving course.

Once you complete our West Virginia online traffic school course, our online defensive driving course or our workbook course (where applicable), we will mail your certificate of completion to you or to the West Virginia court that has jurisdiction over your ticket. If we are required to send your certificate of completion directly to your court in West Virginia, as soon as we send out your certificate of completion out we will notify you via e-mail. You can then check with your West Virginia court to make sure that they have received your certificate of completion. Once you are registered into our course we will give you the contact information for your West Virginia court in the member’s area of our website. You can then contact your court to make sure that they have received your certificate of completion.

The West Virginia online traffic school course may no longer be an option for me. Can I still get my fee refunded?
Yes, GoToTrafficSchool.com will honor any refund request that is made prior to completion of the West Virginia traffic school online course. It won’t be too late until you have taken the final exam and we have shipped the West Virginia certificate of completion to you.
I wish to take the West Virginia online traffic school course but I’m concerned that I won’t be able to handle reading large amounts of text? Can you accommodate me?

Yes we can. Our West Virginia driver improvement courses feature a "read along" option to ensure accessibility to those who have trouble handling large amounts of printed text. It works by reading the West Virginia traffic school course text aloud as you follow along with the online text.

Do all West Virginia courts accept the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school or West Virginia online defensive driving course?
Not all courts accept the West Virginia online driver safety course, which is why we strongly suggest you check with the West Virginia court judge to make sure that the online driver safety course at GoToTrafficSchool.com meets the court’s requirement.
Will I be able to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver improvement course this month if I attended a West Virginia defensive driving course within this past year?
If you have attended a West Virginia traffic school course within the past year, we recommend that you contact your West Virginia court to be sure that you are eligible to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver improvement course.
Do the West Virginia online defensive driving quizzes count toward a percentage of the final exam in the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online defensive driving course?
No, the West Virginia online  traffic school quizzes do not count toward the final exam grade for the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver safety course.  However, they are meant to prepare you for the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver improvement course final exam.  You will be able to go back and review the previous West Virginia online defensive driving course chapter if you feel that you need to do so.
Is it possible to take the West Virginia GoToTrafficSchool.com online driver improvement course in order to reduce points on my West Virginia driving record?
Yes it is!  As a general rule, most states do allow you can take our West Virginia online driver safety course to keep points from being applied to your West Virginia driving record.  Although a handful of states may allow you to take the West Virginia GoToTrafficSchool.com online traffic school course for the removal of existing points from your driving record, this is generally not the case.
Is it possible for me to take the West Virginia GoToTrafficSchool.com online ticket dismissal, West Virginia online insurance reduction, or West Virginia online point reduction course from any location, even if I received an out of state ticket?
The great thing about the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online defensive driving, West Virginia traffic school and West Virginia driver improvement courses is that they can be taken from any computer with internet access!  However, if you got a ticket in West Virginia then you must enroll in our West Virginia online traffic school course.  If you take an online defensive driving course for a state or country other than the state or country in which you received your citation, the West Virginia court may reject your certificate and you may not get credit for the course.
Can you confirm whether or not I could receive my West Virginia certificate of completion within one day after completion of your West Virginia GoToTrafficSchool.com online driver safety course?
If you order expedited shipping through FedEx, you can have your West Virginia traffic school certificate delivered the next business day following your completion.
Will my judge in West Virginia consider the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver safety course an acceptable option?
Probably, but you should really check with your court. To find out the policy of your West Virginia court regarding West Virginia online defensive driving schools like ours, we urge you to first ask the West Virginia judge if you can take defensive driving online at GoToTrafficSchool.com.
I’m put off by the idea of sitting through a dull lecture in a classroom, and would much rather take my West Virginia driver safety course online. But will the state I live in approve of the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online driver safety course?
You can contact the court that has jurisdiction over your traffic ticket in order to make sure that they will authorize the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school course. If your court approves the GoToTrafficSchool.com online course, consider it a blessing. Our West Virginia online traffic school course is your ticket out of being forced to sit through a long, sleep-inducing classroom lecture!
Can I dismiss multiple traffic citations at once by taking your West Virginia online traffic school course?
No.  With very few exceptions, courts will not allow defendants to dismiss multiple West Virginia traffic tickets by taking a single traffic school course. Additionally, in most states you may not take a traffic school, defensive driving, driver improvement or point reduction course more than once every 12, 18 or 24 months. For more information about how often you may take defensive driving in West Virginia, select your court and read the "eligibility details."  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.
Does the GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online traffic school use any kind of procedure for checking IDs?
There won’t be an ID verification unless your West Virginia court demands one. ID checks (in the form of a proctored final exam, a notarized final exam answer sheet or a limited credit check), are requested by courts to make sure that the West Virginia online traffic school is not taken by anyone other than the authorized person. If your West Virginia court needs us to verify your identity (most do not), we will inform you.
How can I take the West Virginia online ticket dismissal course if I do not have an internet connection?
GoToTrafficSchool.com does offer options!  We have internet traffic school, DVD traffic school and streaming video traffic school formats.  For more information about the availability of certain West Virginia online defensive driving course formats, please check with your West Virginia court.
When can I receive my West Virginia online ticket dismissal course password if I forgot it?
No problem!  If you forget your GoToTrafficSchool.com West Virginia online ticket dismissal, West Virginia online insurance reduction, or West Virginia online point reduction course password, just click "forgot password" on the login screen and GoToTrafficSchool.com will email your West Virginia online driver improvement course password to you in a matter of seconds!
When is it too late for me to finish my West Virginia online defensive driving course?
It will be too late to finish the West Virginia online defensive driving course once you go past the 6 month (180 day) time limit from the date of your registration. At that point your West Virginia online defensive driving course account will expire. To help prevent this, GoToTrafficSchool.com will send you a reminder email whenever your account has been inactive for a long period of time.
I am worried that may privacy may not be protected when I register for the West Virginia internet traffic school course. Do I need to be concerned?
No.  GoToTrafficSchool.com values and respects the privacy of our customers.  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 West Virginia internet defensive driving course, West Virginia internet point reduction course or West Virginia internet driver improvement course.  Please refer to our privacy policy link on the GoToTrafficSchool.com homepage for more detailed information about GoToTrafficSchool.com's privacy policy.
What should I do about instruction time during the West Virginia internet traffic school course lost as a result of internet connection failures on my end?
If you have reason to believe that loss of internet connectivity will make it difficult or impossible to successfully complete the West Virginia online traffic school course before the deadline, you should contact the GoToTrafficSchool.com customer service center immediately so we can make sure that you are not penalized for something beyond your control.

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