The Driver's License Point System in Connecticut

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Connecticut, like most states, uses a point system to track drivers. Under that system each point serves as a demerit, and the more you get, the more likely it is that you will have your license suspended or even revoked for good. Although these infractions are reported to your insurer, the accrued points may not have much significance because, when deciding on rate increases, most insurers apply their own point system.

Suspensions

In Connecticut you will receive a warning letter when you have more than six points. In the event of violations that result in a point total in excess of 10 points, the department shall suspend the driver’s license for a period of 30 days. If the driver had his or her license license suspended for 30 days and is convicted of a motor vehicle violation which again raises his or her point total above 10 within years of  a previous suspension, the driver's license will be suspended until the point total is reduced to or below ten points.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

One point shall be assessed for:

Operating at unreasonable rate of speed

Speeding

Failure to drive in right-hand lane

Illegal use of limited access highway by bus, commercial

Improper operation on multiple-lane highways

Improper operation on divided highway

Wrong direction at rotary or one-way street

Improper turn, illegal turn, illegal stopping, failure to signal

Improper backing or starting

Failure to give proper signal

Operator’s duties on stopping a school bus

Operation of motorcycles abreast, illegal passing

Wrong way on one-way street

Two points shall be assessed for:

Slow speed, impeding traffic

Disobeying orders of officer

Entering or leaving controlled access highway at other than designated entrance

Failure to obey signal at railroad crossing

Failure to stop at railroad crossing by school bus, commercial

Failure to obey stop sign

Failure to obey yield sign

Three points shall be assessed for:

Driving while impaired

Failure to keep to right when meeting opposing traffic

Passing on right

Passing in no passing zone

Failure to keep to right on curve, grade or when approaching intersection

Failure to drive reasonable distance apart

Failure to grant right of way at intersection

Failure to grant right of way at junction of highways

Failure to grant right of way to pedestrian

Four points shall be assessed for:

Wagering, speed record

Failure to drive reasonable distance apart, intent to harass

Five points shall be assessed for:

Operation of school bus at excessive speed

Negligent homicide with a motor vehicle

Getting Rid of Points

In Connecticut, points expire 24 months from the date they are awarded.

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