In Criminal Defense, DWI

The State of Connecticut DMV Keeps Count

They watch how you drive and they give you points.

But these aren’t the good kind of points.  They won’t get you a round trip flight to your next vacation.  In fact, the only prize that you may win is  an increase in your insurance premium and, if you’re not careful – a suspension of you driver’s license.

With all of the driving that everyone does especially in Fairfield County, Connecticut, we are always at risk of making mistakes.  Sometimes we drive fast and sometimes we’re just careless.

The result?  Points.  These are points assessed against you and your driver’s license.  There’s a long list of motor vehicle violations below and the corresponding points that the DMV will scratch into a computer somewhere for each conviction.

Sometimes it’s one point, like a conviction for Unreasonable Speed and sometimes, it can be three or even more points.  A couple of the more common three-point violations are:

  • Failure to Obey a Traffic  Control Signal, (running a red light)
  • Failure to Drive a Reasonable Distance Apart, (think rear-end accident).

I’ll tell you right now, though, that if you’re in line for a four point assessment or more, you have bigger problems than just the points and you’d better call an experienced attorney.

But back to the DMV keeping count.  The points add up quickly.  At six points, the DMV will give you a warning and will require you to undergo a driver retraining class.  Once you reach ten points, your privilege to drive is suspended.

  • How long does DMV keep a record of your violations and the points?  Two years.

How long after the two years have passed will your insurer remind you in your billing statement about your points ?  That varies from insurance company to insurance company, but your insurer looks at risk and your driving history for a lot longer than two years.

So, Here’s the Point.  Slow Down

Focus on the rules of the road and being reasonable and courteous. You’re not competing in the Daytona 500, and if you think that you are, Connecticut DMV will be after your license; it’s a short count to “10”.

Sec. 14-137a-S. Point assessment. Schedule The holder of an operator’s license shall have points assessed against his or her driving record for a conviction of the indicated motor vehicle violations in accordance with the following schedule:

(a) One Point shall be assessed for:

(1) Sec. 14-218a -Operating at unreasonable rate of speed
(2) Sec. 14-219 -Speeding
(3) Sec. 14-230-Failure to drive in right-hand lane
(4) Sec. 14-230a-Illegal use of limited access highway by bus, commercial vehicle or vehicle with trailer; tum
(5) Sec. 14-236-Improper operation on multiple-lane highways
(6) Sec. 14-237-Improper operation on divided highway
(7) Sec. 14-239-Wrong direction at rotary or one-way street
(8) Sec. 14-242-Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, failure to signal intention to
(9) Sec. 14-243-Improper backing or starting
(10) Sec. 14-244-Failure to give proper signal
(11) Sec. 14-277-0perator’s duties on stopping a school bus
(12) Sec. 14-289b-Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing
(13) Sec. 14-296aa-Use of hand-held mobile telephone and mobile electronic devices by motor vehicle operators and school bus drivers
(14) Sec. 14-303-Wrong way on one-way street

(b) Two points shall be assessed for:

(1) Sec. 14-100a(d)-Failure to use child restraint system or seat belt
(2) Sec. 14-212d-Failure to obey highway work zone safety laws
(3) Sec. 14-220(a)-Slow speed, impeding traffic
(4) Sec. 14-223(a)-Disobeying orders of officer; Page 2 of 3
(5) Sec. 14-238-Entering or leaving controlled access highway at other than designated entrance or exit
(6) Sec. 14-238a-Entry upon a limited access highway other than a highway intersection or designated point
(7) Sec. 14-241-Executing tum from wrong lane or contrary to traffic control devices
(8) Sec. 14-249-Failure to obey signal at railroad crossing
(9) Sec. 14-250-Failure to stop at railroad crossing by school bus, commercial motor vehicle carrying flammable or explosive substance, taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, motor bus, motor vehicle used for the transportation of school children
(10) Sec. [14-298a] 14-298-Failure to observe parkway or expressway restrictions
(11) Sec. 14-299-Failure to obey traffic control signal light
(12) Sec. 14-301-Failure to obey stop sign
(13) Sec. 14-302-Failure to obey yield sign
(14) Sec. 14-304-0perating a vehicle through pedestrian safety zone.

(c) Three points shall be assessed for:

(1) Sec. 14-231-Failure to keep to right when meeting opposing traffic
(2) Sec. 14-232-Improper passing or failure to yield to passing vehicle
(3) Sec. 14-233-Passing on right; (4) Sec. 14-234-Passing in no passing zone
(5) Sec. 14-235-Failure to keep to right on curve, grade or when approaching intersection
(6) Sec. 14-240-Failure to drive reasonable distance apart
(7) Sec. 14-245-Failure to grant right of way at intersection
(8) Sec. 14-246a-Failure to grant right of way at junction of highways
(9) Sec. 14-247-Failure to yield when emerging from driveway or private road
(10) Sec. 14-247a-Failure to grant right of way when emerging from alley, driveway or building
(11) Sec. 14-283-Failure to grant right of way to ambulance, police or fire apparatus
(12) Sec. 14-300(c)-Failure to grant right of way to pedestrian
(13) Sec. 14-300(d) -Failure to grant right of way to a pedestrian who is blind.

(d) Four points shall be assessed for:

(1) Sec. 14-224(c)-Wagering, speed record
(2) Sec. 14-240a-Failure to drive reasonable distance apart, intent to harass
(3) Sec. 14-279-Passing stopped school bus.

(e) Five points shall be assessed for:

(1) Sec. 14-281a(a)-Operation of school bus at excessive speed
(2) Sec. 14-222a-Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle