Understanding the Indiana Driving Point System

Traffic Violations
Understanding the Indiana Driving Point System

July 05, 2016

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As a driver in Indiana you probably are aware of the point system. Yet few people really understand how and when points are assessed. Unfortunately, the accumulation of too many points on your driving record will result in getting your license suspended. Sometimes, you may get more than one ticket during a single traffic stop. Points can quickly add up and if you aren’t careful, you’ll lose your license for a period of time. It is important to note that points are not assessed unless you are convicted (or plead guilty) of a traffic offense.

Point Assessment

Points are assessed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) based on how serious the offense is. For example, a speeding violation will be assessed according to how many miles per hour over the limit you were traveling. Here are some of the most common offenses along with their point assessment.

  • Speeding less than 15 mph over the limit – 2 points
  • Speeding 16 – 25 mph over the limit – 4 points
  • Speeding 26 or more mph over the limit – 6 points
  • Following too closely – 6 points
  • Failure to yield – 6 points
  • Driving while suspended – 8 points
  • Failure to stop at stop sign – 6 points
  • Failing to yield to ambulance or fire truck – 8 points
  • Illegal U-turn – 4 points

Generally, more points are assessed for serious violations. Points are assessed once you are found guilty. If you do not contest the ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty and the points will be added to your record. Points stay on your record for a period of two years from conviction.

Driver Safety Program

The judge could order a driver to pass a driver safety program, DSP, or defensive driving course, DDC. If ordered by the court, you must complete a course that is approved by the court. Failure to complete the program will result in the suspension of your driver’s license. The BMV also requires drivers to participate in a DSP if they have 2 or more convictions in a one-year period. Drivers under the age of 18 must complete a driver safety program if they have a total of two traffic violations or accidents in a one-year period.  

Traffic Court

Having too many points on your driving record will result in suspension of your driving privileges. Any time you get points against your license you should be concerned. Although this may be a minor offense and you may be assessed just a few points, if you get into trouble later, you may end up with a suspended license. It may be well worth the time and effort to take your ticket to court. People who are represented by an attorney at traffic court typically fare better than those who aren’t. An attorney will review the details of your traffic stop and may be able to present some evidence that will result in being found not-guilty. If you have been given a ticket, contact the experienced attorneys at The Bellinger Law Office to discuss your case.

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