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John J. Barrow, P.A.
Attorneys And Counselors At Law
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Kernersville, NC 27284
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Traffic Attorney in Winston-Salem, NC

The Real Impact of Traffic Violations

Many people believe traffic violations are things that are just bound to happen eventually while driving, and that you simply pay your fine and go on your way. Unfortunately, in North Carolina traffic violations can have a significant and profoundly negative impact on both your monthly insurance payments and your driverís license points. When it comes to car insurance, drivers with a higher probability of getting into accidents get higher monthly premiums, because they are more likely to cost the insurance company money. Traffic tickets are one of the major factors insurance companies use to determine potential driver liability, and increases in premiums depend on the severity of the infraction and the number of past tickets a driver has. Points are what drivers tend to worry about most however, as 12 will get your license suspended (full list of license points given for various infractions below).

Points

If you are convicted of certain motor vehicle violations in North Carolina, driver license points are placed against your driving record. If you accumulate seven points, you may be assigned to a Driver Improvement Clinic. The clinic fee is $50. Upon satisfactory completion of the clinic, three points are deducted from your driving record. If you accumulate as many as twelve points within a three-year period, your license may be suspended. The accumulation of eight points within three years following the reinstatement of your license can result in a second suspension.

If your driver license is suspended by the point system, it may be taken for:

60 days for the first suspension;
6 months for the second; and
12 months for the third.
When your driving privilege is reinstated, all previous driver license points are canceled.

Points are given for the following offenses:

Conviction Point Value

Passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children
5

Aggressive driving
5

Reckless driving
4

Hit and run, property damage only
4

Following too closely
4

Driving on wrong side of road
4

Illegal passing
4

Failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrian pursuant to GS 20-158(b)(2)b.
4

Failure to yield right-of-way to bicycle motor scooter, or motorcycle
4

Running through stop sign
3

Speeding more than 55 mph
3

Speeding through a school zone
3

Failure to yield right of way
3

No driver license or license expired more than one year
3

Running through red light
3

Failure to stop for siren
3

Speeding through safety zone
3

Failure to report accident where such report is required
3

No liability insurance
3

All other moving violations
2

Littering involving a motor vehicle
1

Schedule of point values for conviction of violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle:

Conviction Point Value

Passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children
8

Rail-highway crossing violation
6

Careless and Reckless driving in violation of G.S. 20-140(f)
6

Speeding in violation of G. S. 20-141(j3)
6

Aggressive driving
6

Reckless driving
5

Hit and run, property damage only
5

Following too closely
5

Driving on wrong side of road
5

Illegal passing
5

Failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrian pursuant to G. S. 20-158(b)(2)b.
5

Failure to yield right-of-way to bicycle motor scooter, or motorcycle
5

Running through stop sign
4

Speeding more than 55 mph
4

Speeding through a school zone
4

Failure to yield right of way
4

No driver license or license expired more than one year
4

Running through red light
4

Failure to stop for siren
4

Driving through safety zone
4

Failure to report accident where such report is required
4

Possessing alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a commercial motor vehicle
3

All other moving violations
3

Littering involving a motor vehicle
1

 

No points shall be assessed for convictions of the following offenses:

Over loads
Over length
Over width
Over height
Illegal parking
Carrying concealed weapon
Improper plates
Improper registration
Improper muffler
Improper display of license plates or dealer’s tags
Unlawful display of emblems and insignia

Any person who commits an offense for which points may be assessed for violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle may be assessed double the amount of any fine or penalty authorized by statute.

Insurance Points:

Insurance companies use a different point system to determine insurance rates. If you have any questions concerning insurance points, contact your insurance agent.

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We Serve Clients in Winston-Salem & Surrounding Areas

Regardless of what kind of traffic ticket you are facing, the team at John J Barrow PA can help! We have been one of the premier traffic ticket attorneys in the Winston-Salem area for years, and love helping our clients fight for their rights. If you have received a traffic ticket or citation in Winston-Salem or any of the surrounding areas and want a qualified attorney to represent you, we would be happy to discuss your case! Simply click the button below to send us an email, or give us a call at the number listed and our team would be more than happy to speak with you.

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