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Driver’s license points and how to drop them

Getting pulled over by a law enforcement officer in North Carolina and receiving a traffic ticket can be irritating and inconvenient. Not only that, it may lead to the loss of driving privileges because the state adds points to a person’s record for these citations.

According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, the number of points varies depending on the offense, and driving privileges may be suspended for up to two months if drivers acquire 12 points within three years. Consequences become more severe for subsequent suspensions. Violations on the road may result in only one point, or up to five depending on the offense, and drivers of commercial vehicles acquire even more points for the same offenses. Whether for personal or commercial vehicles, the most severe violations include driving aggressively and failing to stop for a stopped school bus. However, there is an extensive list of point-worthy offenses.

Once points are acquired, there are ways to remove them from a driving record. Idrivesafely.com explains that it may be possible to have a ticket dismissed, thereby removing the points. It may be necessary to enlist the help of a lawyer for expertise in presenting the case to the judge.

If it is not possible to get a ticket dismissed, North Carolina does offer a driving clinic for those who have accumulated seven points. Upon completion of this course, three points will be erased. This may be a wise option for those who fear getting too close to license suspension.

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