Violating Ohio traffic laws can result in the accumulation of points on your driver’s license. If a driver accumulates twelve points within a two-year period, his driving privileges will be suspended for a period of six months. In order to be restored to full driving privileges after six months the driver will have to complete a remedial driving course, pay a reinstatement fee to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, file proof of financial responsibility with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for three years and retake the driving test.
OVIs, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, drag racing, fleeing and eluding an officer, vehicular assault and driving with a suspended operator’s license are the most serious offenses carrying six points.
Reckless operation of a motor vehicle and speeding offenses, where the driver is cited for going more that thirty miles an hour over the speed limit, are four point offenses.
Most infractions where the driver is involved in an accident are two point offenses. Stop sign, red light, failure to yield, marked lanes charges and most speeding violations carry two points.
If the Bureau of Motor Vehicles determines that the driver is at risk of losing his license the Registrar will send a warning letter. The Registrar will credit a person’s driving record after the completion of a state approved remedial driving instruction course.
Unfortunately most of us feel the impact of these point infractions even though we are nowhere near the twelve point limit. Insurance companies increase premium payments for drivers who have as few as two points on their driving record. Therefore it is important to discuss your legal options with an attorney before a plea is entered.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this law feel free to contact the offices of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault and Schaffer Co. L.P.A.