Can you lose your license for moving violations?

Moving violations may seem like a minor driving offense, but they can cause serious accidents and even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speeding violations alone killed over 9,000 people in 2018, with thousands more injured.

While you may not view traffic violations as a serious issue, there are several situations where they may cause the suspension or loss of your driver’s license.

Multiple violations

While one or two moving violations on your record will probably cost you a fine and a day of traffic school, you are probably not in danger of losing your license. However, when violations like unsafe lane changes and tailgating mount up, the state may suspend or end your driving privileges. You can have as few as three traffic violation convictions before this occurs.

The point system

Earning marks, or what most states call points, on your license may result in its suspension or loss. There are several violations that may result in these points, including:

  • Speeding
  • Illegal U-turns
  • Running a red light

Some states count traffic accidents in their point systems; however, this might depend on whether you were at fault.

Fighting suspension or loss

You have the right to challenge the suspension or loss of your license due to moving violations, especially if you believe you were not at fault for the tickets you received. If you chose not to fight the ticket at the time of issuance, then explain the situation to a motor vehicle bureau representative. Depending on the circumstances, you may have the means to retain your license.

Traffic flow, aggressive driving and other factors can influence poor driving habits that lead to moving violations. Remaining aware of your actions behind the wheel can reduce the risk of losing your driver’s license.