Understanding the Point System for Ohio Driver's Licenses
In Ohio, accumulating 12 points or more on your driving record in a two-year period can result in having your license suspended. If you’re unsure what your driving record looks like, the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers several options for reviewing it.
Earning Point Credits
A driver who accumulates between five and eleven points may reduce that by two points by participating in and completing a remedial driving course. This is a one-time only reduction through the course. This credit does not change the status of convictions on the driving record, but merely reduces the points, alleviating imminent pressure of having the driver’s license suspended.
Here’s a chart to help you identify charges and their point penalties:
|All moving violations except those pertaining to size limits and some speed offenses|
|Violating a restriction imposed by the Registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles|
|Exceeding the limit by more than 10 mph (11–29 mph over the limit) if the speed limit is 55 miles per hour or more|
|Exceeding the limit by more than 5 mph (6–29 mph over the limit) if the speed limit is less than 55 mph|
|Willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property|
|Exceeding speed limit by 30 miles per hour|
|Operating a motor vehicle with an unlawful concentration of alcohol while under the age of 21|
|Aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, or vehicular assault when the offense involves the operation of a vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley on a highway or street|
|Willful fleeing or eluding of a law enforcement officer|
|Fleeing the scene of an accident|
|Operating a motor vehicle while the driver’s or commercial driver’s license is under a twelve-point suspension|
|Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license when the suspension is due to a conviction for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI)|
|Operating a vehicle without the owners consent|
|Using a motor vehicle to commit a felony|
Reference: Ohio Revised Code
Remember, accumulating points on your record will most likely increase your car insurance rates.
Facing a traffic ticket in Columbus, Ohio?
If your charges put you in danger of losing your driver’s license, you need the skilled, trusted legal representation Probst Law Office offers. We can work to help lessen points and fight for reduced charges. In these situations, circumstances can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t have proper legal representation. If you’re facing the prospect of accumulating points on your license due to traffic charges, or are in danger of losing your license, you need a skilled, trusted professional. Get the experience that you need and deserve when you hire Michael Probst as your attorney. Contact Michael today for your free consultation, or call now at 614-232-8890.