When The Pennsylvania DMV Can Suspend Your Drivers License
If you have been ticketed for a traffic offense, especially if you are a repeat offender, you may be concerned about the circumstances under which the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend your driving privileges. This blog post provides an overview, based on information provided by the DMV. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr online or call us at 610-565-0240.
The Criteria for Suspending Your Driving Privileges in Pennsylvania
The most common reason for the suspension of a drivers license in Pennsylvania is drinking and driving or driving under the influence. If you are convicted of general impairment (up to 0.099% BAC), you can lose your license for up to a year. For higher levels of blood alcohol content, the suspension can last up to 18 months.
Pennsylvania also has a point system for drivers. If convicted of a moving violation, from speeding to reckless driving to failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, you will have points added to your record. Most offenses carry one or two points, and an accumulation of more than six points can have an impact on your license.
- The first time you exceed six points will not lead to the automatic suspension of your license. However, you must take and pass a written traffic safety test. If you fail, you will lose your license until you do pass the test. Passing the test will reduce your point total by two points.
- The second and third accumulations of more than six points will require that you attend a DOT hearing. If you fail to attend the hearing, your license will automatically be suspended for 60 days. Your license will be suspended for 15 days and you must pass an on-the-road driving test. If you do, you will reduce your point total by two points.
- An accumulation of more than 10 points will lead to the automatic and immediate suspension of your license. The length of suspension will depend on how many prior suspensions you have.
Because Pennsylvania law requires that all vehicles carry proper insurance, you can have your license suspended for failing to provide proof of valid insurance. If your license has already been suspended and you are stopped by law enforcement officers, the length of your suspension can be extended.
Pennsylvania also permits the suspension of driving privileges for certain specific moving violations, including reckless driving, vehicular homicide or abandoning your vehicle on a public highway.
There are also non-driving-related reasons why your drivers license may be suspended:
- The DOT may determine that you are not physically or psychologically fit to drive.
- You can lose your driving privileges for failing to pay traffic tickets or child support, or for failing to appear in court for a traffic offense.
Contact the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr.
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