The meaning of Citations and Moving Violations…

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Defensive Driving Tips

Getting pulled over is never fun. Being stopped by a police officer can be intimidating and sometimes confusing istock_000002832458xsmallif you are unfamiliar with the different types of tickets.

The DefensiveDriving.com team recommends getting acquainted with the definitions and consequences of terms related to driving faux pas. Being well versed in matters of the road may help drivers more confidently interact with police officers in any situation.

A traffic ticket (also known as a citation) is a notice issued to a driver by a police officer accusing him or her of violating a traffic law(s). Examples include:

• driving with a suspended license or without a license;
• driving without insurance or with insufficient insurance;
• driving with expired registration or without proper registration;
• making an illegal U-turn;
• reckless driving;
• running a red light or stop sign;
• leaving the scene of an accident (e.g. hit-and-run incidents); or
• speeding.
Any law that is broken while a car is in motion is referred to as a moving violation. But citations also come in the form of parking violations, which may be issued for illegally parking in a handicapped spot or parking in a no-parking zone, among other things.

 

All tickets may result in a penalty, such as a monetary fine or points on your driver’s license. In Texas, a moving violation is worth 2 points on your driver’s license; and a moving violation that results in an accident is worth 3. If you acquire 6 or more points on your license, you probably will be faced with annual fees known as a surcharge.

Surchargeable violations usually are those that constitute a crime, such as driving without a license, driving without insurance or driving while intoxicated. In addition to paying the fine for the original ticket, annual fees can range from $100 per year to $2,000 per year for three years. If you’ve racked up 6+ points on your license, the surcharge fee is $100 per year for the first six points and $25 per year for each additional point for three years.

Once you receive a ticket, you have 10 days to decide how to proceed. It is the driver’s responsibility to contact the court. You may either pay the fine or choose to appear in traffic court to contest the charges.

Drivers also may have a traffic ticket dismissed by taking a defensive driving course, most conveniently done online through a course such as DefensiveDriving.com. In most states, completing a driver’s education course will dismiss a traffic ticket if the moving violation was not criminal.

Upon completion of the program, the results will be entered on your driving record and your ticket points automatically will be reduced. You then will need to submit your certificate of completion to the court for final dismissal of the ticket.

Not only does taking a defensive driving course allow you to have a traffic ticket dismissed, it also gives you the opportunity to reduce your insurance rates and/or have points removed from your license. You do not have to have received a ticket to take a defensive driving class.

Parking tickets, however, may not be dismissed through defensive driving. To contest a parking ticket, you will need to submit a dismissal request letter to the court. Websites such as ParkingTicket.com make it easy and convenient for you to write an appropriate letter; and if the court declines your request for a dismissal, ParkingTicket.com will create an appeal letter for you at no charge.

So remember: It’s up to you to determine your course of action after you receive a ticket. Whether you pay the fine, contest the charges in traffic court or enroll in a defensive driving course, take into consideration how your decision may affect your driving record.

~B. Waldman

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 80888 ratings and reviews.

Derek TX, United States
simple and fast
Aaron TX, United States
Two thumbs up!!!
Hope United States
Easy process
Jere
Great
Lindsay
easy and self explanatory
Francisco
best price
Garrett
Clear and simple explanations of the differences between the video and text course. Quick and straightforward registration and payment process.
Crystal
Very clear and easy to follow
Allyson
Quick and easy registration
James
quick
Nicholas
Awesome!
Ty
Very Easy to Register
John United States
It's a good resource
Haley TX, United States
It was simple, and easy to get my ticket from going on my record!
Bonnita United States
Great website
Baylee TX, United States
It's easy and self-explanatory
Timothy
Very Good!!
stephen
Easy to find and to work with. Site is very good.
Amanda
Easy to use
johnny
very professional
Allen
easy and fast
Michelle
Wonderful course
Baleigh TX, United States
very quick and easy to start the process and love the fact that you can complete at anytime on a desktop, or mobile device.
Rolando
really fast and smooth. love it
Tavia United States
Easy
Miriam
Quick and easy
Andres
easy to follow
Frank
Super quick and easy!
Manuel
Really easy and cheap
DIEGO
Easy and convenient
Gabriela
Easy to set up.
Harris
Easy to register.
Jonathan
Great!
Edgar
easy and clear
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course