- Location: New Jersey
Defensive Driving in New Jersey
Drivers of all ages can benefit from the defensive driving program―offered by state-approved schools― as it teaches basic techniques to improve your driving skills. Completing a course might even reduce your auto insurance premiums. Check with your own insurance company, though; some may offer discounts only for certain ages, or may not offer discounts based on your driving record.
This program may also allow you to have points deducted from your driving record. You can take this course once every 5 years for point reduction.
Note about Traffic Tickets
The state will not dismiss a traffic ticket whether you attend a driver education class.
Part of the sentencing associated with certain traffic violations within New Jersey includes a mandatory training offered by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).
Driver Improvement Program
When you pass this course, up to three points will be reduced from your record and your license will not be suspended. Information about the program will be mailed to you by the state if you are required to participate.
The Driver Improvement can remove up to 3 points once every 2 years.
Probationary Driver School Program
New drivers will be assigned to a Probationary Driver School. The state will inform you if you're required to attend.
After you've passed the program successfully, up to three points can be reduced from your record. If you have more violations during that year, your driving privileges may be suspended.
If you've been convicted of any alcohol- or drug-related violation, you will be required to attend an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) program at one of the numerous center locations state-wide. The program includes mandatory classes in Alcohol and Highway Safety Education, evaluation of your drug or alcohol problem and if needed, treatment for the problem. You can also supplement your treatment with self-help programs, if you wish.
Successful completion of an IDRC program will help you get your license reinstated. Refuse to participate and you could face jail time and a longer license suspension.