Most states enforce a penalty point system of some type when it comes to traffic offenses. Points are generally applied to a driver’s record after certain driving offenses, which may expire after time. If a maximum number of points is reached, the person’s driver’s license may be suspended or revoked. Alabama’s driving record points system serves to keep track of infractions and hold Alabama licensed drivers accountable.
Alabama’s points system in general
If you receive a ticket for reckless driving, you will receive 6 points on your record. Speeding 26 mph or more above the speed limit, results in 5 points added to your record. Driving on the wrong side of the road or illegally passing another vehicle earns you 4 points. Following too closely is worth 3 points on your record. If you want to see a comprehensive list of points, click here.
What happens when you receive too many points on your record?
Driving record points can lead to suspension, revocation or cancellation of your driver’s license, as well as community service, fines, reinstatement fees and possibly mandatory completion of traffic school or a defensive driving course. Also, receiving too many points or having your license suspended could potentially result in higher rates for car insurance coverage.
How long could my licensed be suspended?
The length of your driver’s license suspension in Alabama is based on the number of points received during a set period of time. Length of suspension is as follows:
- 12 to 14 points within 2 years: 60 days.
- 15 to 17 points within 2 years: 90 days.
- 18 to 20 points within 2 years: 120 days.
- 21 to 23 points within 2 years: 180 days.
- 24 points and more within 2 years: 365 days.
If you have any questions about the point systems, please contact Ketcham Law. We would be happy to look into the points status against your license and whether or not you are looking at getting your licenses suspended.
If you have questions regarding your driver’s license, or any other related legal matters, please contact Ketcham Law for a consultation either online or by calling us at (205) 296-4233.