Woodward Oklahoma Traffic Violations
If you are driving in Woodward Oklahoma and are unfortunate enough to get caught violating an Woodward Oklahoma motor vehicle statute, you will receive a citation containing information on how to proceed. The traffic ticket should contain most of the Woodward Oklahoma court contact information you need to resolve the situation, particularly the local Woodward Oklahoma court with authority over your Woodward Oklahoma traffic violation.
Your Woodward Oklahoma traffic citation will inform you of the ways you can pay your ticket, most likely by mail or in person. Your Woodward Oklahoma traffic citation should include the appropriate Woodward Oklahoma address where you can present yourself to pay in person or mail in your fine.
You may also wish to appear in court on the arraignment date assigned for you, which will also be provided either on the traffic citation. By appearing before the local Woodward Oklahoma court handling your violation, you have the opportunity to arrange a date for trial. You should know, however, if you wish to appear in court at trial to discuss or dispute your traffic violation, you will have to post a small bond in the amount of $35. As long as you present your bond receipt at trial, your bond will be returned to you.
While appearing in front of an Woodward Oklahoma court for a brief trial will require more time and effort on your part, it will also provide you with an opportunity to explain your situation and request that the court consider reducing or dropping the traffic violation against you. Most likely, a court will consider heavily your previous Woodward Oklahoma driving record and the nature of the traffic violation in question before giving you an opportunity to earn some sort of reduction or rescission of the traffic violation.
Woodward Oklahoma Points System
The Woodward Oklahoma Department of Public Safety ("DPS") manages a "points" system to maintain an accurate history of your Woodward Oklahoma driving record. Your Woodward Oklahoma driving record is used not only by the Woodward Oklahoma DPS to determine the status of your driving record, but the DPS also shares the information with insurance providers, which then use your Woodward Oklahoma driving record to determine the cost of your insurance premiums. In general, you incur points against your Woodward Oklahoma driving record each time you commit a traffic offense that is heard, decided and reported by the local Woodward Oklahoma court handling the traffic violation to the Woodward Oklahoma DPS. Below are a summary of common points attached to Woodward Oklahoma drivers' records:
- Speeding by less than 25mph: 2 pts
- Ignoring a Yield Sign: 2 pts
- Running a Stop Sign: 2 pts
- Tailgating: 2 pts
- Careless Driving: 2 pts
- Speeding by more than 25mph: 3 pts
- Passing a Stopped School Bus: 4 pts
- Reckless Driving: 4 pts
While incurring points against your Woodward Oklahoma driving record for a single traffic violation may not seem troublesome, if you commit just a few traffic violations in a brief amount of time, your Woodward Oklahoma driving record could amass 10 points. If this happens, the Woodward Oklahoma DPS will immediately suspend your license.
Suspension of Your Woodward Oklahoma Driving Privileges
When your Woodward Oklahoma driving record has 10 or more points against it at any one time, the Woodward Oklahoma DPS will mail a written notification to the address on your driver's license that your Woodward Oklahoma driving privileges has been suspended. If your traffic violation is of a serious nature, such as causing an avoidable accident and failing to administer aid to another driver injured in the accident, your license could be permanently revoked.
Attending Woodward Oklahoma Traffic School
The Woodward Oklahoma DPS does offer an opportunity to prevent your Woodward Oklahoma driving privileges from being suspended. Most of the time, the Woodward Oklahoma DPS will allow you to participate in an Woodward Oklahoma traffic school or driver improvement program and, by participating in an Woodward Oklahoma traffic school, you can have the traffic violation reduced or possibly even removed from your driving record. Both of these options, made available to you simply by attending Woodward Oklahoma traffic school, substantially decrease the possibility of an increase in your insurance rates and an accumulation of points on your Woodward Oklahoma driving record that can eventually lead to suspension or revocation of your Woodward Oklahoma driving privileges.
In addition, the Woodward Oklahoma DPS will preemptively remove two points off your Woodward Oklahoma driving record if you wish to take an Woodward Oklahoma traffic school or defensive driving program outside of an Woodward Oklahoma court or Woodward Oklahoma DPS order. While there are many good reasons to take a defensive driving program, you may only participate in an Woodward Oklahoma defensive driving program once every two years to have points taken off your record.
Further, you may be able to participate in an online traffic school to satisfy Woodward Oklahoma DPS requirements. The Woodward Oklahoma DPS has deemed several online Woodward Oklahoma traffic schools, online Woodward Oklahoma driver improvement programs and Woodward Oklahoma online defensive driving programs as qualified under Oklahoma's state regulations. However, if you are interested in taking a particular Woodward Oklahoma online traffic school or Woodward Oklahoma online driver improvement program, you should contact the local court overseeing your traffic violation and ask if the Woodward Oklahoma online traffic school you are interested in will satisfy Oklahoma's state requirements, or if the local Woodward Oklahoma court has already approved that course.
In certain circumstances, your local Woodward Oklahoma court or the Woodward Oklahoma DPS may order you to participate in an online defensive driving program provided by the Woodward Oklahoma Safety Council, in connection with the Woodward Oklahoma Court System. The Woodward Oklahoma Safety Council's eight-hour online class isn't available to the general public, but will fulfill this potential court order with relative ease.
The Benefits of Woodward Oklahoma Traffic School
Attending an Woodward Oklahoma online traffic school or Woodward Oklahoma online driver improvement program to help clear up your Woodward Oklahoma driving record is not only important for removing points on your driving record. Woodward Oklahoma online traffic school and Woodward Oklahoma online driver improvement programs help you avoid expensive traffic and license reinstatement fines, can potentially eliminate traffic offenses from your record entirely, prevent the Woodward Oklahoma DPS from permanently suspending or revoking you Woodward Oklahoma driving privileges and help lower car insurance payments. By keeping your Woodward Oklahoma driving record free of as many traffic offenses and points as possible, you eliminate the reasons for your auto insurance provider from implementing drastic hikes in your insurance premiums.
Woodward Oklahoma Mature Drivers
Certain drivers may even qualify for an insurance discount prior to incurring a traffic violation by enrolling in an Woodward Oklahoma online driver improvement program. Many Woodward Oklahoma insurers will consider offering Mature Drivers, drivers of ages 55 and older, discounts for establishing a track record of trying to improve their defensive driving skills and overall safe driving techniques. If you are an Woodward Oklahoma mature driver, you should contact your Woodward Oklahoma auto insurance carrier to find out if a discount for actively participating in an online Woodward Oklahoma traffic school or driver improvement course.
Woodward Oklahoma Juvenile Drivers
Woodward Oklahoma Juvenile Drivers, drivers under 18 years of age, may also find themselves eligible for lower insurance premiums by successfully completing a Woodward Oklahoma online driver improvement course. All online traffic school and driver improvement programs provide some form of certificate of completion, and presentation of that certificate to your Woodward Oklahoma auto insurance carrier could result in lower premiums immediately and lower premium hikes in the event of a future traffic accident or citation. You should contact your insurance carrier to see if attending an Woodward Oklahoma online traffic school can keep you or a juvenile driver in your household from paying higher insurance costs than necessary.
Woodward Oklahoma Classroom Traffic Schools
Alternatively, if you want to participate in a traditional classroom where you can attend and learn in person important defensive driving skills and techniques, you can contact the local Woodward Oklahoma court handling your traffic violation for a list of approved brick-and-mortar schools, or reach out to the Woodward Oklahoma DPS at (405) 425-2424.