5016908378_f78d20892aThere are scoring systems we encounter in society. In schools, we need to get a certain amount of points in order to pass a course. In ball games, the higher the score, the higher  the probability of winning the game. Even credit card companies require certain credit scores in order to classify you as a good customer.

You also earn scores every time you commit a traffic violation. The Driver License Division of Utah issues points on your license for certain types of violations. This initiative is called Utah’s Driving Improvement Program. This is one of those instances that you  should avoid piling up points, kind of like golf. You end up paying court fines for every traffic violation and earn points for your license at the same time.

The Consequences of These Points

The things that probably will happen as a result of those earned points are:

  1. Insurance companies can increase the amount of money you pay for car insurance. Every time you renew your license, your insurance company will review your driving record and in case that they find out that you have committed a number of violations, they will increase your rates.
  2.  The insurance company may cancel your insurance coverage when it decides that you have higher chances of becoming involved in an accident because of your driving habits.
  3. You may experience difficulty in finding an insurer willing to cover you.
  4. If your accumulated points have reached 200 within a three-year period, you will be asked to appear for a driver license hearing. The results of the hearing could be placing you on probation, suspension of licenses or revocation for a period of three months, six months or one year. For a fee, you will also be required to take the defensive driving course by the Utah Safety Council.
  5. If you are below 21 years of age, 70 points earned would mean a court hearing that can result to either suspension or revocation of license.

UTAH POINT SYSTEM

  • Reckless driving: 80 points
  • Speeding (depending on severity): 35 to 75 points
  • Failure to yield right-of-way: 60 points
  • Following too closely (tailgating): 60 points
  • Wrong side of road: 60 points
  • Wrong way on one-way street: 60 points
  • Running a red light: 50 points
  • Running a stop sign: 50 points
  • Improper lookout: 50 points
  • Improper passing: 50 points
  • Negligent collision: 50 points
  • Other moving violations: 40 points

The Brighter Side

The points you have earned will stay on your record for three years. But you have a chance to reduce or remove those points from your record. The program gives chances for those willing to become better drivers. For example, half of the points will be removed if you drive for a year without a single violation. Two successive years of no traffic violation can also clear those points. A onetime removal of 50 points from your record is done when you complete the defensive driving course within the three year period.

So drive carefully and obey all traffic rules because when you fail to do so, you will earn points and these points have meanings.

More than that, the cost and grief that comes from fatal car crashes are something you can do without. Christensen & Hymas wishes everyone a safe day on the road. Pay attention and stay away from those points.

Photo score card | the both and | shorts and longs” copy right to Julie Rybarczyk

Ken Christensen
Partner, Founder at Christensen & Hymas
Ken Christensen is the founding partner of Christensen & Hymas. He is an avid cyclist, loves baseball, and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

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