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Demerit and safe driving points in Virginia

If you hold a Virginia driver's license, you will want to know about the points that your record might accumulate for various actions and how these points might affect you. Some people may be unaware of how easy it is to amass a high number of negative points on their driving record.

As explained by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the state actually issues both demerit and safe driving points. Demerit points will be added after a violation and the number of points varies depending upon the citation reason. Safe driving points can be accumulated annually if no violations occur or if a driver's license is not placed under suspension.

Demerit points are added in either increments of three, four or six points at a time. Three-point violations include things like driving with earbuds in, failing to dim a vehicle headlights or driving even just one mile and up to nine miles per hour above a speed limit. Four points can be added for not stopping behind a stopped school bus or driving between 10 and 19 miles over the speed limit. Driving while intoxicated or more than 19 miles above a speed limit are examples of violations that result in the addition of six points on a record.

If you would like to learn more about the points system used by the Virginia DMV and how you might get help when facing a traffic violation and the addition of points on your record, please feel free to visit the driver's rights page of our Virginia criminal defense website.

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