Driving Privilege & the Points System

How does the “points” system work and how does it affect my driving privilege?

Anyone that has a Utah driver’s license should be aware of Utah’s points system. When you first get your license, your driving record has zero points—this is the starting value. If you get a traffic ticket, points will then be added to your driving record according to the following schedule* (see http://publicsafety.utah.gov/highwaypatrol/faq/faq1.html#Points%20System):

Reckless Driving: 80
Speeding:
     1-10 mph over: 35
     11-20 mph over: 55
     21+ mph over: 75
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way: 60
Following Too Closely: 60
Wrong Way on One-Way Street: 60
Running a Red Traffic Light: 50
Running a Stop Sign: 50
Improper Lookout: 50
Improper Passing: 50
Improper Turn: 50
Negligent Collision: 50
Other Moving Violations: 40-60

*These are general value of points for each violation, but the points may vary plus or minus 10% depending upon the facts of the case.

The Driver License Division keeps a record of the number of points that you receive for any traffic violation and will suspend your license if you receive too many points in a certain period of time. For drivers under the age of 21, accumulating 70+ points in three years may result in the suspension of a license for anywhere between one month to a year. For drivers age 21 or older, accumulating 200+ points in three years may result in the suspension of a license for anywhere between three months and a year.

Is there any way to clear these points? Yes! For every year that you drive without a moving traffic violation, one-half of the accumulated points will be removed form your driving record. After two years without any violations, all points will be removed. If you are facing a suspension due to points, the Driver License Division does allow you to take a driver improvement course once in any three-year period, completion of the course results in 50 points being removed from your record.

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