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Driving Privileges Suspension

If a person’s driving privilege is to be suspended, a written notice will be sent listing the date the suspension will begin. The driver may appeal the suspension to the Court of Common Pleas in the county of residence. The Appeal must be filed within 30 days AFTER the mailing date of the notice of suspension. The most recent product (i.e., license, permit or camera card) must be returned to the Bureau of Driver Licensing by the effective date of the suspension. If the product is not returned, the State Police, local police or other authorities designated by PennDOT will be notified to confiscate the products.

DrivingUpon the first accumulation of six or more points, the driver/violator will be sent a notice to take a special written point examination. The examination addresses knowledge of safe driving practices, knowledge of PennDOT sanctions, and knowledge of related safety issues. The driver/violator has 30 days to pass the examination, or the license is suspended until such time as the examination is passed. If the examination is passed successfully within 30 days of notification, 2 points will be removed from the driving record,

When the driving record is reduced to less than six points and upon a second accumulation or six or more points, the driver/violator is required to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver/violator will receive a written notice of the specific date, time and location of the Hearing. At the Hearing, an examiner will review the record of the driver/violator. Following the hearing, one or more recommendations may be made by the examiner. The examiner may order a fifteen-day license suspension; and/or order the driver to take a Special On-Road Driver’s Examination; and/or take no action.

Two points are removed from the driver/violator’s record upon successful completion of the first two options. If no action is taken, no points are removed. Failure to attend the Departmental Hearing for the second accumulation will result in a 60-day license suspension.

If a driver/violator is convicted of speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, the driver/violator must attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver/violator will receive a written notice of the specific date, time and location of the Hearing. At the Hearing, an examiner will review the record of the driver/violator. The Department will initiate either a 15-day license suspension, or a Special On-Road Driver’s Examination. If the 15-day suspension occurs, the record will reflect 5 points upon completion of the suspension, and restoration of the license. No points are removed if the Driver’s Examination is completed.

If a driver/violator accumulates 11 or more points, the driver’s license is automatically suspended. For the first suspension, the period is for 5 days per point. For a second accumulation of 11 or more points, the suspension is for a period of 10 days per point. On the third accumulation of 11 or more points, the suspension is for 15 days per point. For subsequent accumulation(s) of 11 or more points, the suspension is for one year.

When the driving record is reduced to fewer than six points and upon a third or subsequent accumulation or six or more points, the driver/violator is required to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver/violator will receive a written notice of the specific date, time and location of the Hearing. At the Hearing, an examiner will review the record of the driver/violator. The examiner may order a thirty-day license suspension.

Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing for the third and subsequent accumulation of six or more points will result in a license suspension until the driver violator attends the hearing

Three points are removed from the driving record for every 12 consecutive months a person drives (from the date of the last violation) without a violation that results in points, license suspension or revocation. When a driving record has been reduced to zero points and remains at zero for a period of 12 consecutive months, any further accumulation of points is treated as the first accumulation of points.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation [PennDOT] maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver is found guilty of certain driving (moving) violations. The purpose of the point system is to help improve driving habits and to ensure safe driving. The Department begins to take corrective actions when a driving record reaches 6 or more points. 'The Pennsylvania Point System' brochure (Pub 472) is now available.

According to the PennDOT Point System Fact Sheet, the following violations carry the point values indicated. Section numbers refer to Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, referred to as the Vehicle Code.

Two (2) points per violation:
Violation of restriction on driver’s license [§1512]
Failure to obey authorized persons directing traffic [§3102]
Driving too fast for conditions [§3344]
AND
15-day suspension if in an active work zone and in conjunction with an accident
Exceeding the speed limit by 6 to 10 miles per hour [§3362]
Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk [§3542(a)]

Three (3) points per violation:
Violation concerning license [§1571]
Failure to stop for a red light [§3112(a)(3)(i) or [§3112(a)(3)(ii)]
Failure to stop for a flashing red light [§3114(a)(1)]
Failure to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle [§3302]
Improper passing, overtaking driver to maintain speed, unsafe completion of passing maneuver [§3303]
Improper passing on the right [§3304]
Improper passing on the left, clear distance ahead [§3305]
Improper passing at a railroad crossing or intersection [§3306(a)(2)]
Improper passing at a bridge or tunnel [§3306(a)(3)]
Improper passing in a no-passing zone [§3307]
Following too closely [§3310]
Failure to yield to driver on the right at intersection [§3321]
Failure to yield to oncoming driver when making left turn [§3322]
Failure to stop at stop sign [§3323(b)]
Failure to yield at yield sign [§3323©]
Failure to yield when entering or crossing roadway between intersections [§3324]
Improper turning around or illegal U-turn [§3332]
Failure to obey signal indicating approach of train [§3341(a)]
Exceeding the speed limit by 11 to 15 miles per hour [§3362]
[and a 15 day suspension if in an active work zone]
Exceeding special speed limit in school zone [§3365(b)]
Exceeding special speed limit for trucks on downgrades [§3365(c)]
Failure to yield to pedestrian on sidewalk when entering from a driveway or alley [§3547(a)]
Failure to yield to blind pedestrian [§3549(a)]
Improper backing [§3702]
Careless driving [§3714(a)]

Four (4) points per violation:
Improper passing on a hill = 4 [§3306(a)(1)]
Failure to comply with railroad crossing gate or barrier [§3341(b)] AND
30-day suspension
Failure to stop at railroad crossings [§3342(b) or (c)]
Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 25 miles per hour [§3362]
[and a 15 day suspension if in an active work zone]
Leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage only [§3745]

Five (5) points per violation:
Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights [§3345(a)]
AND
60 day suspension
Exceeding the speed limit by 26 to 30 miles per hour [§3362]
[and a 15 day suspension if in an active work zone]
Exceeding the speed limit by 31 or more miles per hour [§3362]
[Departmental Hearing and Sanctions under §1538(d)]
[and a 15 day suspension if in an active work zone]

Driving privileges are suspended for six months by the Department of Motor Vehicles upon receipt of record of conviction of, or an adjudication of delinquency based on, a violation of:
Racing on Highways [§3367];
Careless Driving [§3714(b)];
Driving without Lights to avoid identification or arrest [§3737];
Reckless Driving [§3736];
Accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property [§3743];

Driving privileges are suspended for one year by the Department of Motor Vehicles upon receipt of record of conviction of
Any felony in which a vehicle was involved;
Aggravated Assault by Vehicle while driving under the influence [§3735.1];
Accidents involving death or personal injury [§3742];
Accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed [§3742.1];
Dealing in titles and plates for stolen vehicles [§7111];
False application for certificate of title or registration [§7121];
or
Altered, forged or counterfeit documents and plates [§7122]

Driving privileges are suspended for three years by the Department of Motor Vehicles upon receipt of record of conviction of
Homicide by Vehicle [§3732];
Or
Homicide by Vehicle while driving under the influence [§3735]

Source: Title 75 PaCSA.

 
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