Connecticut’s Traffic Violation Point System

The driver’s license point system associated with traffic infractions in Connecticut.

In addition to fines and fees, Connecticut traffic infractions also result in “points” being added to the driver’s record. These points remain on the driver’s record for 24 months and accumulating too many points can result in additional penalties.

Points Values for Traffic Offenses

Here are the points that are assigned to some of the most common traffic violations.

Violation

Points assessed

Speeding

1

Illegal turn

1

Failure to signal

1

Use of cellphone

1

Wrong way on one-way street

1

Child restraint violation

2

Work zone violation

2

Impeding traffic

2

Disobeying officer orders

2

Wrong lane turn

2

Railroad crossing or other sign violation

2

Improper passing

3

Failure to grant right-of-way

3

Tailgating

4

Passing stopped bus

4

Racing

4

School bus speeding

5

Negligent homicide

5

Certain minor violations can be exempted from point assessments if the driver pays the fine before the hearing or due date.

Consequences of Accumulating Too Many Points

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will take different actions based on the number of points a driver acquires:

  • Six points. The DMV will issue a warning letter to the driver indicating the possible penalties of additional violations.
  • Ten or more points. the DMV will issue a notice of suspension, indicating the driver’s license will be suspended on the stated date.
  • Ten or more points with a prior suspension. If the driver has more than ten points and has already been suspended for 30 days, the driver’s license will be suspended until the driver’s points are less than ten. For example, a driver who has a speeding ticket each month for two years will be suspended for 14 months, until the violations are 24 months old and expire.

Fighting point suspensions. A driver with a notice of suspension is permitted to argue against the suspension by requesting a hearing before the suspension becomes effective. However, the driver is limited to the issue of whether or not the convictions were valid.

Restricted licenses. Suspended drivers may be eligible to apply for a restricted license based on hardships such as medical, occupational, or educational needs. If granted, the DMV will issue restrictions such as when and where the driver can operate a vehicle.

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