Does Taking a Driver’s Safety Course Remove Points from Your License?
Many people imagine they don’t need to fight traffic tickets because they have heard about New York’s Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). And it is true: this program can remove points from your license. You can even take one every 18 months to keep removing points from your license.
But it’s a bad idea to rely on this program. It doesn’t accomplish nearly as much as people think it does.
It only removes four points from your license at a time.
That’s not to say it’s not worth doing: 4 points can really help, especially if you’re close to having your license suspended.
It essentially removes a single speeding or minor traffic violation.
And true to its name, it does reduce your insurance by as much as 10%.
It does not remove violations.
If you have a job which requires you to keep a clean driving record then these classes will not help. It won’t take violations or convictions off your record.
It won’t even remove the incident which added the initial points. It will just say that you took the course and have received the credits for your records.
You should remember: commercial driving employers aren’t the only ones who check driving records. Many employers take a look at your driving record just to gain insight about your level of responsibility, your attention to detail, and your ability to handle high-stress situations.
Some even check your record multiple times each year, looking for DUIs or DWIs. But they may also want to make sure you still have reliable transportation. This is, after all, often one of the first questions employers ask on their applications.
Fighting your ticket is usually the better choice.
If you fight your speeding ticket successfully you never get the points in the first place. The violation never appears on your driving record, and your insurance never goes up. If it’s successfully plea bargained to a non-moving violation it may cost you a small fine, but it still won’t end up on your driving record.
Points stay on your license for three years. That’s a long time to be penalized for a single mistake.
If you’ve recently received a speeding ticket, take it seriously. It can have more of an impact than you expect.
So call Scott Russell Law today.