All Tennessee drivers with a valid driver's license must adhere to the Tennessee point system used to ensure at-risk drivers are closely monitored. Under the point system, points are added to your driving record for convictions of moving violations and accidents. The goal of the system is "to impress upon drivers the importance of complying with traffic laws and regulations."
The number of points on Tennessee drivers' records is monitored by the Driver Improvement Section of the Tennessee Department of Safety. As you accumulate points, you risk suspension of your driver's license. If you accumulate a total of 6 points within 12 months, the department will send you a point accumulation advisory. If you accumulate 12 or more points in 12 months, your driving privilege may be suspended.
The number of points added to your driving record depends on the conviction. Accumulating points is easier than you may think. One ticket for speeding 16 to 25 mph above the speed limit will add four points to your license. More serious convictions, such as reckless driving and reckless endangerment carry even more points.
There are steps drivers can take to prevent the suspension of their license, with some exceptions. Anyone with 12 points can request a hearing to determine what method or action is necessary to correct and improve poor driving habits.
When driving on the highways of Tennessee, you should stay alert and be a good defensive driver. But if you are involved in a serious accident due to the carelessness of another driver, our personal injury attorneys at The Terry Law Firm in Morristown, Tennessee, will aggressively represent you to recover full compensation for your injuries.
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