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    Chances are if you're reading this you recently have been ticketed for a traffic violation, or you have accumulated a lot of points on your license. Either way, you're probably not in a good mood. So, no fooling around here―just the facts and information you need to know about Ohio's point system.

    Points Applied

    Let's start with the basics, and move on from there. Here is a list of possible violations that will earn you points:

    • Homicide by vehicle.
    • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or any drug of abuse.
    • Failure to stop and disclose identity at the scene of a crash.
    • Willingly fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer.
    • Drag racing.
    • Operating a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.
    • Operating a motor vehicle while your license is under suspension or revocation.
    • Using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony, or committing any crime punishable as a felony under Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws.
    • Willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.
    • Operating a vehicle after under-age alcohol consumption.
    • All other moving violations except those pertaining to load limits.
    • Operating a motor vehicle in violation of a restriction imposed by the Registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

    Penalties

    If you accumulate 12 or more in a 2-year period, your driving privileges will be suspended for 6 months. After that period, you'll need to take a remedial driving course. Then you'll have to take the driving test again.

    Check Your License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the BMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

    Traffic School

    You may be eligible to take a remedial driving course approved by the Department of Public Safety, where you will receive a point credit. (See a list of approved schools that offer this course.)

    Effect on Your Insurance Rates

    Accumulating points on your license can possibly result in higher insurance premiums. Check with your agent or insurance company for details.

    The Ohio Insurance Institute presents more information on Ohio's point system, including the progressive point system for speeding.

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