DMV demerit point system

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

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DMV, in an effort to promote good driving practice, has implemented a demerit point scale system. A person will be given a “point” by committing a driving infraction (i.e. reckless driving, speeding, driving too slowly). If a person accumulates 12 points within a year, his or her license would be suspended for 6 months. Each infraction has a certain point attached to it. Below are some of the infractions with their corresponding points:

Infraction Point(s)
Driving while impaired 7
Breaking the “open container law” 5
Hit and Run – Render aid after accident 6
Reckless Driving – Drag racing, speed contest, etc 8
Careless Driving 6
Use of Phone while driving (2nd offense) 4
Disobeying stop signs or traffic lights 4
Failure to dim headlights 2
Following too closely 4
Improper lane 2
Over speeding ( 10 mph over the limit) 1
Over speeding ( 20 mph over the limit) 2
Over speeding ( 30 mph over the limit) 3
Over speeding ( 40 mph over the limit) 4
Over speeding (41 mph or more over the limit) 5
Driving on the wrong way 4
Unsafe backing 2
Improper U-turn 3
Failure to yield row to emergency vehicles (Fire truck, ambulance, police, etc) 4

A written notice will be mailed to the person if the 12 points has been accumulated. The person would be given a chance to appeal for the license suspension. However, a person who is charged with “driving under the influence” will automatically face license suspension.

If you still want to retain your driving privileges, an experienced DUI/DWI attorney can help you. Attorney Ross C. Goodman can help reduce your penalties or have the case dismissed. Contact his office at (702) 383 – 5088 for a free legal consultation.

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