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    The Oregon System of Tracking

    Almost all states try to motivate good driving by punishing habitual bad drivers―those who are repeatedly convicted of traffic tickets or who are involved in accidents. Some states employ a point system, whereby each infraction is assigned a certain number of points. Drivers who accumulate a set total of points in a particular time frame are further penalized (in addition to the traffic fines imposed by the court) by having their driver licenses suspended or revoked.

    While the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) of the Department of Transportation doesn't rank traffic tickets according to a point system (meaning that a ticket for failing to yield is just as significant as a ticket for driving on the wrong side of the road), the DMV still takes note of how many tickets you get, and how often. Drivers who rack up numerous tickets or preventable accidents will find themselves subject to license restrictions or suspensions under Oregon’s Driver Improvement Program.

    Driver Improvement Program

    The Driver Improvement Program treats drivers who have provisional licenses, more harshly than those on standard licenses. The more tickets you get for certain infractions, the less driving you'll be allowed to do. Here's how the schedule breaks down, by age group.

    Adult Drivers

    If you're an adult driver who collects a total of 3 traffic convictions or 3 preventable accidents, in any combination, within an 18-month period, the DMV will restrict your driver license for 30 days. You will not be allowed to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless you are driving to or from work or you're required to be on the road as part of your job.

    If you have 4 convictions or 4 accidents or any combination of 4 with a 24-month period your license will be suspended for 30 days.

    Teen Drivers

    If you're a driver under 18 in Oregon, then you hold a provisional license until you turn 18. For the purposes of the Driver Improvement Program, the time frame during which any tickets or preventable accidents will count against you is for the duration of your provisional license.

    Your license will be restricted for 90 days if you have 2 convictions or 2 accidents or a combination of 2 convictions and accidents.

    Visit Oregon's page Driver Improvement page to learn more.

    Check Your Driver's License Status

    If you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you might want to 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 DMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

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