In a previous post, I explained how points on your license are something you should avoid at all cost. The main reason for that, is in Florida, drivers license points will result in insurance increases of up to 50% over your current premiums. In addition to having to pay more money to the insurance company every year the points stay on your license, you also run the risk of having the state suspend your driving priviledge.
So even if YOU don't mind making the insurance company rich, the state minds, and will take action if you accumulate too many points too fast.
In Florida, the amount of points and the length of your suspension are as follows:
- 12 points earned within 12 months results in a 30-day suspension
- 18 points earned within 18 months results in a 3-month suspension
- 24 points earned within 36 months results in a 12-month suspension
Now 12 points in 12 months may not seem possible, believe me, it adds up fast. Just look at this table from the state of Florida's website and you'll see, that one violation can be 6 points, so with just two tickets in a year, you can be looking at a suspension if you are not careful.
|Speeding Less than 15 mph over the speed limit||3 points|
|More than 15 mph over the speed limit||4 points|
|Speeding resulting in a crash||6 points|
|Moving violation||3 points|
|Moving violation resulting in a crash||4 points|
|Failing to stop at a traffic signal||4 points|
|Passing a stopped school bus||4 points|
|Reckless driving||4 points|
|Leaving the scene of a crash with property damage||6 points|
|Improper lane change||3 points|
|Violation of a traffic control sign/device||4 points|
|Child restraint violation||3 points|
You see how it doesn't take long before you run the risk of a suspension, which is why it's so important to always fight your tickets and do whatever you can to avoid the points. Now if you want to fight your ticket yourself, you should download our FREE eBook which gives you all the information on how to fight a traffic ticket yourself, including some of the many tips, and tricks we've acquired over the years.
If you prefer to hire an attorney to fight your traffic ticket, and there are many reasons to choose that, you should read my post where I list the 5 questions you must ask BEFORE you hire a traffic attorney.
Whichever way you decide to go, as long as you are doing everything possible to keep those points off your license, you are at least ensuring that you won't have your license suspended.
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