What Is Traffic School?
The whole purpose of Traffic School is to keep a “point” from going on your DMV record and to keep the conviction from going on your driving record. A point is the system the DMV uses to determine how close you are to a negligent operator suspension. The only time a point could possibly go on your California DMV record is when you are convicted of a traffic ticket that is a “moving violation.” Examples of moving violations are speeding, crossing over a double yellow line, running a red light, and making an illegal U-turn.
Who Is Eligible for Traffic School?
Non-commercial drivers are eligible for traffic school. As of January 1, 2013, commercial drivers can go to traffic school as well in limited circumstances. For more information on commercial driver traffic school eligibility, click on the Commercial Drivers Resource Page.
If you are a non-commercial driver, you are only eligible for traffic school if you haven’t already completed traffic school in the past 18 months. It used to be that you could qualify for level 2 traffic school (it was a longer traffic school course) if you already did traffic school in the past 18 months, but the courts have since done away with level 2 traffic school for violations received after July 2011.
You also may be ineligible for traffic school if you are dealing with a speeding ticket and you were traveling 20-25 miles per hour over the speed limit (some judges won’t allow traffic school if 20 miles per hour over, while other courts allow up to 25 miles per hour over the limit to allow traffic school eligibility).
If you are not eligible for traffic school, it is important to fight your traffic ticket because to just pay your traffic ticket means you are guaranteed to get a point on your DMV record. Getting a point on your DMV record means your insurance rates can skyrocket – one client told me his insurance rates doubled for just one point!
If you’d like to fight your traffic ticket, or if you want advice as to whether or not you should fight your traffic ticket, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached by phone at 310-200-4519, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by the Traffic Ticket Submission Form to the left of this webpage.