Even though driving has countless advantages, it also can bring us things like traffic tickets. You can be ticketed for driving without a seatbelt, changing lanes in an inappropriate place, or illegal parking. Apart from facing a substantial fine, you also have points placed on your record every time you commit a traffic violation. The number of points added depends on the type of offense committed. The more points attached to your record – the higher your insurance rate. If you gain too many points, you may even have your license suspended or revoked.
However, in certain cases, you may be able to reduce fines or avoid having points placed on your license. The DDS allows certain offenders to complete a driver improvement course. Such a course may clear your record and prevent your insurance rates from going up. These courses are often called "defensive driving courses" or "traffic school" and are designed to teach you safe driving techniques. A traffic school course may be taken only once a year and can clear points only for one given offense per period. If you receive a ticket (a citation) from the court, you can take it to the driving school, complete a defensive driving course, obtain a Certificate of Completion, and deliver it to court. Once the court notes your certificate of completion, your record will be cleared of the offense. In most cases, you may also pay a reduced fine.
Even if you did not commit an offense, you may still choose to take traffic school. Apart from making you a safer driver, the course may also allow you to save money on insurance. Just present the Certificate of Completion to your insurance vendor and you might qualify for a discount.
Nowadays, you are not limited to taking the course at a conventional driving school. There are numerous traffic school vendors that offer home study. You may often either take a course online or have a course package mailed to your house. Completion of an online course yields a certificate identical to the one you may get a driving school, but you get have the advantage of taking the course at your own time and pace. Another great point: these home-study courses cost less than a conventional traffic school and are very affordable.
Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the GA DDS. You can visit the GA DDS website or call (678) 413-8600 in Atlanta or (866) 754-3687 (outside Atlanta)for general drivers license and registration information.
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