Driver's License Point System in Colorado Springs

How Traffic Tickets Can Lead to a License Suspension

It is nearly always in your best interests to fight any traffic ticket which you receive. When you are cited for a traffic offense, you are ordered to pay a hefty fine, and once you pay that fine, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will report the fact of your conviction to your insurance company, with the result that you can expect to see your rates increase sharply. Fighting your traffic ticket is not, however, only about the money. In addition to the costs of receiving a ticket, you also have to think about the fact that you are now one step – or perhaps several steps – closer to having your driver's license suspended by the DMV. Most people tend to think of driving on the roads and highways of Colorado Springs as a right, but it is actually a privilege and the DMV has the power to suspend or revoke this privilege when a driver has demonstrated that he or she is a safety risk. Failure to take action to fight your ticket makes it almost certain that you will be convicted and will end up accumulating points on your driving record, which can lead to an eventual or immediate license suspension.

About the Point System for Traffic Offenses

The DMV uses a system in which each moving violation is assigned a specific number of points in accordance with the severity of the offense. Once you have accumulated a certain number of points, your license will be suspended for a period lasting up to a full year. The number of points necessary for a suspension depends on your age and the length of time over which the offenses have occurred. A driver over the age of 21 is allowed to accumulate 12 points within a single year, or 18 points over the course of 2 years, while younger drivers are allowed even less leniency. For example, a driver younger than 18 may only accumulate 6 points in a single year or 7 total points before reaching 18 years of age. A list of common traffic offenses and the points assigned to them is as follows:

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident – 12 points
  • Speed Contests – 12 points
  • Eluding, or Attempting to Elude, a Police Officer – 12 points
  • Reckless Driving – 8 points
  • Speeding 40 MPH or more over the limit – 12 points
  • Speeding between 20 and 39 MPH over the limit – 6 points
  • Speeding between 10 and 19 MPH over the limit – 4 points
  • Speeding between 5 and 9 MPH over the limit – 1 point
  • Failure to Maintain or Show Proof of Insurance – 4 points
  • Improper Passing – 4 points
  • Failure to Observe Traffic Sign or Signal – 4 points
  • Failure to Signal or Improper Signal – 2 points
  • Operating an Unsafe Vehicle – 2 points

Fight to Defend Your Driver's License

In the event that your license is suspended, you must avoid being caught driving at all costs. If you are pulled over and discovered to be driving while your license is suspended, you can be arrested, fined up to $500 and sent to jail for a minimum of 5 days. In addition, you could be given an additional license suspension of up to one year. The most effective way to prevent such a dire outcome is to avoid losing your license in the first place. Your first step in doing so is to hire a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney who can represent you in court and fight to beat the ticket. Contact the Samuelson Law Firm for your initial consultation to get the process started!