3 Traffic Violations That Lead to Suspension in Alabama
According to DMV.org, there are three traffic violations that lead to driver’s license suspension. While new drivers need to be aware of these rules, they’re a good reminder for seasoned drivers as well.
1. Accumulating too many driving record points.
The State of Alabama has a point system for traffic violations. Once you receive a certain number of points, your license will be suspended for a period of days (determined by the number of points you received in a certain period).
Chart courtesy of: dps.alabama.gov
The following schedule is used to determine the length of a suspension period:
- 12-14 points in a 2-year period 60 days
- 15-17 points in a 2-year period 90 days
- 18-20 points in a 2-year period 120 days
- 21-23 points in a 2-year period 180 days
- 24 and above points in a 2-year period 365 days
After a traffic conviction is two years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver’s record.
2. Getting multiple traffic violations or speeding tickets.
Points are a general way the state “tracks” your driving habits, but the state can also suspend your license just for breaking more than one rule. Their goal is to keep everyone on the road safe, and if they catch you driving irresponsibly multiple times, they have the authority to suspend your license.
3. Getting a DUI/DWI.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense that leads to immediate suspension. If you go out drinking with friends and overdo it, the state expects you to get someone sober to drive you home. This could be a designated driver/friend, a cab driver, or an Uber or Lyft driver. Drugs and illegal substances will lead to a suspension of your license. While suspension may seem like a stiff consequence, driving under the influence presents a serious danger to other drivers and passengers. In fact, an estimated 29 people (1 person every 50 minutes) die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes every day.
DMV.org says that if you have a suspended driver’s license, you may be required to:
- Refrain from driving for a period of time.
- Enroll in a defensive driving course or traffic school.
- Get an SR22 from your insurance company.
- Pay a reinstatement fee.
As you can see, driver’s license suspension is not something to be taken lightly. Without your license, you may be unable to provide transportation to your children or run errands. More importantly, you may miss work because of a suspended driver’s license. This could cost you more money in addition to the fees you might incur as a result of the suspension.