If you are convicted of a traffic violation in North Carolina it will result in points being placed on your driving record. These points that are assigned to your driving record can have many negative consequences such as increasing insurance premiums and could result in suspension of your driver’s license.
With possible consequences such as these it may not be the best course of action just to pre-pay or plead guilty to the violation. Often an attorney can assess the charge and may be able to find a way to get it reduced or completely dropped.
Traffic violations each have a different number of points assigned to them. Over time if you get more than one conviction these points add up and the consequences become worse. The list below is an outline of the most common violations and how many points are assessed for each one.
- Passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children: 5
- Aggressive driving: 5
- Reckless driving: 4
- Hit and run, property damage only: 4
- Following too closely: 4
- Driving on the wrong side of road: 4
- Illegal passing: 4
- Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian: 4
- Failure to yield right of way to bicycle motor scooter of motorcycle: 4
- Running stop sign :3
- Speeding more than 55 mph: 3
- Speeding through a school zone: 3
- Failure to yield right of way: 3
- No driver’s license or license expired more than one year: 3
- Running red light: 3
- Failure to stop for siren : 3
- Speeding through safety zone: 3
- Failure to report accident when required: 3
- No liability insurance: 3
- All other moving violations: 2
- Littering involving a motor vehicle: 1
If you have been charged with a traffic violation it does not automatically mean you should be found guilty of the offense. If you believe that you should not have received a ticket then you need to contact an attorney who can review your case for you and figure out the best course of action to protect your interests.