DMV Point System in Oregon
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) 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.
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.
If you're an adult driver who collects a total of 3 traffic convictions or 3 accidents, in any combination, within a period of 18 months, 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 traffic convictions or 3 accidents or any combination, within a period of 24 months, your license will be suspended for 30 days.
If you do not obey these restrictions you risk having your driver's license suspended or revoked by the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division.
Drivers in Oregon, who are under 18 years old, hold a provisional license which carries it's own restrictions. If you fail to follow the provisional license restrictions your license can be suspended or revoked. Any other restrictions, due to violations or accidents, are additional to the ones that having a provisional driver's license carry.
Your license will be restricted for 90 days if you have 2 traffic convictions or 2 accidents or a combination of convictions and accidents.
Visit Oregon's page Driver Improvement page to learn more.
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 violations against your driver's license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
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