Understanding Traffic Points

Traffic tickets in North Carolina can result in more than just fines. They can also result in points against your driver's license, which in turn can lead to increased insurance rates or even suspension of your driving privileges.

The points system is complicated. There are actually two systems: one enforced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and another for insurance companies through the Safe Driver Incentive Plan.

Each type of violation carries an assigned number of points. The most serious offenses include:

  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • DWI
  • Racing
  • Hit and run involving injuries

Other common traffic offenses that result in points against your license include:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Hit and run involving property damage
  • Driving with an expired license
  • Running a red light

Got A Ticket? Don't Just Pay It!

You should never just pay a traffic ticket and assume it will no longer affect you. Every moving violation has the potential to skyrocket your insurance rates and jeopardize your license. These consequences can affect you for years to come. It's well worth it to involve an attorney now and spare yourself far greater headaches down the road.

At Hartsoe & Associates, P.C., we can assess your situation and determine how best to protect your interests. Depending on the circumstances, we might be able to help you get the violation reduced or dismissed, avoiding damaging points on your record.

To speak with a lawyer at our firm about your traffic violation, call 336-701-6550. You can also request a consultation through our online form. We have convenient offices in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and we handle traffic cases throughout the Triad area.