The DMV tracks a person’s violations, infractions and convictions by making notations on a person’s driving history. Depending on the different allegations, the DMV can add “points” to your history. Points will remain assessed against a driving record for the two-year period (24 months) after the infraction occurs and is assessed. When you amass seven points in three years, you will be required to attend driver retraining.
Driving Record Points
The following point amounts will be assessed for the violations listed below them.
- Operating at unreasonable rate of speed (Sec. 14-218a).
- Speeding (Sec. 14-219).
- Failure to drive in right-hand lane (Sec. 14-230).
- Illegal use of limited access highway by bus, commercial vehicle or vehicle with trailer (Sec. 14-230a).
- Improper operation on multiple-lane highways (Sec. 14-236).
- Improper operation on divided highway (Sec.14-237).
- Wrong direction at rotary or one-way street (Sec. 14-239).
- Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, failure to signal intention to turn (Sec. 14-242).
- Improper backing or starting (Sec. 14-243).
- Failure to give proper signal (Sec. 14-244).
- Operator’s duties on stopping a school bus (Sec. 14-277).
- Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing (Sec. 14-289b).
- Wrong way on one way street (Sec. 14-303).
- Slow speed, impending traffic (Sec. 14-220).
- Disobeying orders of officer (Sec. 14- 223a).
- Entering or leaving controlled access highway at other than designated entrance or exit (Sec. 14-238).
- Entry upon a limited access highway other than a highway intersection or designated point (Sec. 14-238a).
- Executing turn from wrong lane or contrary to traffic control devices (Sec. 14-241).
- Failure to obey signal at railroad crossing (Sec. 14-249).
- Failure to observe parkway or expressway restrictions (Sec. 14-298).
- Failure to obey traffic control signal light (Sec. 14-299).
- Failure to obey yield sign (Sec. 14-302).
- Operating a vehicle through pedestrian safety zone (Sec. 14-304).
- Driving while impaired (Sec. 14-227a(b)).
- Failure to keep right when meeting opposing traffic (Sec. 14-231).
- Improper passing or failure to yield to passing vehicle (Sec. 14-232).
- Passing on right (Sec. 14-233).
- Passing in no passing zone (Sec. 14-234).
- Failure to keep to right on curve, grade or approaching intersection (Sec. 14-235).
- Failure to drive reasonable distance apart (Sec. 14-240).
- Failure to grant right of way at intersection (Sec. 14-245).
- Failure to yield when emerging from driveway or private road (Sec. 14-247).
- Failure to grant right of way when emerging from alley driveway or building (Sec. 14-247a).
- Failure to grant right of way to pedestrian (Sec. 14-300).
- Wagering, speed record (Sec. 14-224c).
- Failure to drive reasonable distance apart, intent to harass (Sec. 14-240a).
- Passing stopped school bus (Sec. 14-279).
- Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle (Sec. 14-222a).
- Operation of school bus at excessive speed Sec. 14-281a).
Points assessed against a driving record will remain on that driving record for a period of twenty-four months from the date of such assessment. A letter of warning will be sent to the holder of an operator’s license if points total or exceed six. If the licensee receives an excess of 10 or more points, the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend the operator’s license for a minimum of thirty days.
Before the suspension, the driver may schedule a hearing with the DMV to discuss the points assessed against them and if they were accumulated in a twenty-four month period. If the driver can prove that more than 10 points were not accumulated in this time period, their license will not be suspended. However, it is difficult to prove that such convictions did not take place. A conviction can be proven by paperwork proving the offense that was charged, the date that the offense took place, and the date of the conviction. If this clear evidence is provided, the conviction(s) will be clear and the suspension will be put into place.
When a license is suspended, for the five years following the suspension, if the driver is again convicted of a motor vehicle violation that raises their point total above 10 points, their license will be suspended until the point total is at or below ten points.
For more information about driver’s license points, visit a Connecticut DUI lawyer’s website. Next week, I will be discussing records, insurance, and CDLs.