Do Speeding Tickets Without Points Affect Your Insurance?

by Mary Jane Freeman
Traffic school may help reduce points on your driving record for speeding.

Getting a speeding ticket virtually guarantees points will be added to your driving record. If your insurance company finds out, it will likely raise your insurance rates accordingly. However, you may be able to have your points reduced by participating in a driver education course. Depending on how many credits you receive, this may reduce your speeding ticket points to zero, which means your rates may not go up.

How Points System Works

Drivers who commit traffic violations, such as speeding, and other offenses receive points on their driving record. Although the point value assigned to speeding tickets may vary from state to state, they are relatively similar. For example, drivers in New York speeding up to 10 mph over the speed limit will receive three points on their driving record. In Tennessee, speeding up to five mph over the limit results in one point and three points for speeding between six mph and up to 15 mph over the limit. In Ohio, if the speed limit is over 55 mph, a driver will receive two points for exceeding the speed limit by over 10 mph; if the speed limit is less than 55 mph, the driver will receive two points if he exceeds the limit by over 5 mph.

How Speeding Tickets Result in Zero Points

Often, drivers can reduce the points on their driving record by participating in a driver education course or similar safety program. For example, in New York, drivers can enroll in the state's Point and Insurance Reduction Program. Drivers are provided safe-driver tips and educated on current vehicle and traffic laws. After completing the program, drivers can have up to four points shaved off their driving record. In New Jersey, drivers can have up to two points removed from their record by participating in a defensive driving course. Depending on the points received for a speeding ticket and total number of points eligible for reduction, a driver could potentially reduce the points he received for a speeding ticket to zero by participating in a driver education program.

Removing Speeding Tickets From Record

Even if a driver successfully reduces the points on his driving record, the speeding ticket he originally received will still appear on his record. Therefore, the only way to remove the offense altogether is to fight the ticket in court. By doing so, the driver may be able to have the ticket dismissed altogether, which means it is removed from his record, or plead down the ticket to a lesser offense and have the points reduced to zero.

Affect of Reduced Points on Insurance

If you are successful in either removing the speeding ticket from your record or having the points reduced to zero, it is likely your insurance rates will not increase -- in fact, unless it goes looking for it, your insurance company may never learn of the ticket at all. If your rates already went up, though, and you were expecting to see a rate reduction after your points are reduced -- but you notice that your rates have not changed -- it is possible your insurance company hasn't checked your driving record recently. Contact your insurance company and advise them of the point reduction to ensure you are receiving the maximum savings you are eligible for.

About the Author

Based on the West Coast, Mary Jane Freeman has been writing professionally since 1994, specializing in the topics of business and law. Freeman's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including LegalZoom, Essence, Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times. Freeman holds a Master of Science in public policy and management and Juris Doctor. Freeman is self-employed and works as a policy analyst and legal consultant.

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