Each state has a system to oversee traffic violations and their penalties. For example, Pennsylvania’s point system allows drivers to collect points for offenses, which could lead to penalties. However, the system allows point deductions for practicing proper driving behavior.
A standard sanction for traffic offenses is license suspension or revocation. However, it could only happen after accumulating a specific number of points or receiving a conviction for the following violations:
- Driving under the influence
- Felony traffic violations
- Driving recklessly
- Homicide involving a motor vehicle
- Unlawful racing on highways
- Running away from authorities
- Driving with an already revoked or suspended license
- Driving with lights that do not work
- Fleeing from the scene after a crash also called a hit-and-run violation
- A subsequent offense within five years after driving with an invalid license
- Ignoring a school bus with flashing red lights and extended stop arm
- Violating railroad crossing rules or barriers
The penalties for these offenses could vary, depending on the circumstances. Sometimes, the incident could include other relevant crimes, especially if it involved physical harm or fatalities. These situations might result in additional penalties, such as fines and jail time.
How do I know if my offense led to suspension or revocation?
The offender usually receives a written notice of the penalties, including when the suspension or revocation will begin. Other details could be in the document, depending on the violation. Then, the driver must surrender their license or learner’s permit to the Bureau of Driver Licensing before or on the effectivity date of the penalty. If the driver fails to do so, local authorities will receive a notice to pick up the requirement.
The process for these offenses could change from state to state. Still, it is essential to know the basics to comply appropriately and avoid problems that could worsen the situation.