Ohios Point System For Traffic Violations
The results of driving irresponsibly include accidents and fines,
and could affect your auto insurance premium. In fact, one at-fault
accident can result in up to three years of surcharges. More than
one could place you in a higher risk category or even cause nonrenewal.
Points charged for traffic violations
In July 1996, Ohio’s speed limits were raised to 65 mph on
designated urban interstates and rural highways for passenger vehicles
and commercial buses. As a result, the point system for moving violations
was updated by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Any Ohio driver convicted of a traffic violation is assessed a
specific number of penalty points according to the type of violation.
If convicted of a second or subsequent offense within two years
after the first violation, the point assessment for the new violation
is added to the driver’s previous total. For example, if you
are cited for speeding in excess of the speed limit and were given
two points for the violation, and within two years are cited for
racing, your total point accumulation would be eight.
The points for specific moving violations follow.
- Vehicular homicide
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
(OVI) and/or any drug of abuse
- Failure to stop and disclose identity at the scene of a crash
- Willingly fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer
- Operating a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner
- Operating a motor vehicle while your drivers license is under
suspension or revocation
- Using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony, or committing
any crime punishable as a felony under Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws
- Willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property
- All moving violations except those pertaining to size limits
and some speed offenses
- Operating a motor vehicle in violation of a restriction imposed
by the Registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Ohio’s point system for speed limit violations was revamped
under SB 123. The new point system for speeding became effective
January 1, 2004.
The new system replaces the sliding scale system that previously
took a driver’s prior record and speed over the posted limits
Under SB 123 a speeding violation may result in four points, two
points or no points depending on the posted speed limit and the
number of mph by which the speed limit was exceeded.
- Exceeding a speed limit by 30 mph or more results in four points.
- If the speed limit is 55 mph or more, exceeding the limit by
more than 10 mph (11–29 mph over the limit) results in two
- If the speed limit is less than 55 mph, exceeding the limit
by more than 5 mph (6–29 mph over the limit) results in
- Exceeding any speed limit in an amount less than what is stated
above results in no points.
See the table below for further explanation.
A driver accumulating six points will receive a letter from the
Registrar of Motor Vehicles indicating the following penalties should
12 or more points be accumulated within a two-year period:
- Suspension of driving privileges for six months
- Proof of financial responsibility must be filed with the Bureau
of Motor Vehicles and maintained for three years. Your insurance
company will notify the BMV if, within the three-year monitoring
period, your policy lapses, is nonrenewed or is terminated.
- Upon completion of suspension, a remedial driving course approved
by the Director of Public Safety must be taken. The course must
include a minimum of 25% of its classroom hours devoted to instruction
on driver attitude.
- A new driving test must be taken
Driving under suspension
Operating a motor vehicle while a license is under suspension is
a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, the driver is subject
to a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail, or both. The violator
may also be sentenced to an additional one-year drivers license
A driver who accumulates more than five but no more than 11 points
for traffic violations is eligible for a one-time, two-point credit
by completing an approved remedial driving course.
The two-point “credit” offered through this program
doesn’t erase any convictions from a person’s official
driving record and doesn’t eliminate any prior convictions
that an insurance company may take into consideration in premium
assessments. All convictions remain on the driver’s record,
but the points needed for the 12-point suspension are extended by
Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety’s
Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws, 11/03
FR Law violations and monitoring requirements
Vehicle owners and operators in Ohio are required to carry a minimum
amount of liability coverage in order to legally operate or permit
the operation of a motor vehicle.
The BMV requires that proof of financial responsibility (FR) be
monitored for either a three or five-year period for failure to
provide proof of financial responsibility if required. A five-year
monitoring period applies to those if found in violation prior to
January 1, 2004. A three-year monitoring period became effective
for violations occurring on or after January 1, 2004. Click here for the scenarios that require owners and operators of vehicles
to provide FR proof.
If convicted of any of the following charges, FR proof is required
to be filed for three years. Failure to comply will result in drivers
license suspension for three years.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, except the
- Failing to stop after a crash
- Felony involving a motor vehicle
- Willfully eluding or fleeing law enforcement
- Perjury in obtaining a license or registration
Suspension of probationary license
For those under age 18, two moving violations will result in a
90-day suspension of your drivers license. The driver will also
be required to complete a juvenile driver improvement program. A
driver under age 18 will be subject to a one-year license suspension
if convicted of three moving violations.
Source: Excerpts from Ohio Department of Public Safety’s
Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws, 1/05
Source: Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
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