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    In order to monitor dangerous drivers and improve road safety, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) adheres to a point system. Most moving traffic violations carry points, and when you accumulate too many points, the state begins imposing hard-line penalties that whack your wallet and limit your mobility.

    Under the Age of 18

    Drivers younger than 18 who accumulate 6 points or are nabbed exceeding the speed limit by 26 mph or more face license suspension for 90 days, and they'll be required to pass a written test dealing mainly with road safety issues.

    An additional offense will earn you a suspension of 120 days.

    First Time Topping Six Points

    A first-time accumulation of six points means you'll have to pass a written exam based on safe driving practices, department sanctions, and related safety issues.

    If you do not pass this exam within 30 days, your license will be suspended until you pass the test. If you do pass this test within the designated 30 days, 2 points will be removed from your driving record.

    Second Time Topping Six Points

    A second-time accumulation of six points means you'll have to attend a PennDOT department hearing. Don't test this ultimatum. Failing to appear will result in an immediate 60-day suspension. At the hearing, an examiner will review your driving record.

    Based on his or her decision, you will be slapped with a 15-day suspension and be required to pass a special on-road driving examination. Two points will be removed from your driving record if you pass the test within 30 days or after you serve your suspension.

    Three or More Times Topping Six Points

    A third- or subsequent accumulation of six points means you'll be notified of a mandatory PennDOT department hearing. A hearing examiner will review your record and decide whether or not to impose a 30-day suspension. Failure to appear will result in an immediate suspension that won't be lifted until you attend a hearing.

    Exorbitant Speeding

    Should you get pulled over for excessive speeding (exceeding the posted speed limit by 31 mph or more) you will be alerted of a mandatory hearing. Don’t treat this as optional. Failure to attend warrants an immediate 60-day suspension.

    At the hearing a department examiner will either recommend a 15-day suspension or a special on-road test. Suspension will result in a five-point burden on your license with no “good behavior” opportunities to remove it.

    Topping 11 Points or More

    No hearings on this one. An immediate license suspension is mandatory. The duration will be based on your past suspension record:

    • 1 suspension: 5 days per point
    • 2 suspensions: 10 days per point
    • 4 suspensions: 15 days per point
    • Subsequent suspensions: 1year

    http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/fact_sheets/pub472.pdf

    Spotless Driving Record

    As an incentive of sorts, the state will grant point removal from your record for safe driving habits. If you can manage 12 months without getting a violation that results in points, a suspension, or a revocation, the state will trim 3 points from your record. If you can cut it down to zero points and keep it at zero for 12 consecutive months, the state will reward your conscientious ways by treating any subsequent point totals like they are your first.

    Traffic Violation Points

    The following are examples of offenses that will lead to points in Pennsylvania:

    • Speeding.
    • Illegal passing.
    • Failure to stop at stop signs.

    Read the DMV's fact sheet for a comprehensive list of offenses and point assignments.

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