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How to reduce points on your driving record and protect your license

We all know how important it is to be able to drive. Without driving privileges, we typically can't get to work, pick up our children from school, visit the grocery store and perform the other necessary tasks of life.

However, it's far too easy to lose driving privileges in Georgia without even realizing it. All it takes is one too many "points" on your record. If you end up with 15 or more points within a 24-month period, your driver's license will be suspended. It's as simple - and as frightening - as that.

The good news is that it may be possible to reduce the points on your record and avoid license suspension.

How many points come with a driving offense?

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is very clear about how many points you will accumulate for various driving offenses, if you are a resident of the state. Here are a few of the more common traffic violations and the points that go along with them:

  • Aggressive driving - 6 points
  • Unlawfully passing a school bus - 6 points
  • Reckless driving - 4 points
  • Improperly passing someone on a hill or a curve - 4 points
  • Failing to obey a traffic light or other traffic control device - 3 points
  • Driving with an open container of alcohol - 2 points
  • Texting while driving - 1 point
  • Speeding - Between 2 and 6 points, depending on how far over the speed limit you were traveling

What are the options for reducing these points?

You have the option of asking the DDS to reduce the number of points on your driving record. To do so, you must first take an approved defensive driving course (officially called a "Driver Improvement" course) and provide your certificate of completion. This can potentially remove up to 7 points from your record every 5 years.

To protect your driver's license, it's equally important to take prompt action to combat any new traffic violation charges. Whether you are accused of drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding or any other offense, engaging the help of a skilled defense attorney can potentially make a significant difference.

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