|Speeding (1 to 25mph over speed limit)||2|
|Speeding (26 or more mph over speed limit)||5|
|Reckless driving or reckless endangerment involving operating a motor vehicle||6|
|Failure to yield right of way||5|
|Passing stopped school bus||5|
|Wrong side of the road/Illegal passing||4|
|Following to closely||3|
|Disregarding traffic control device (stop sign, traffic light, etc.)||3|
|All other moving violations||2|
|Inability to control vehicle||2|
|Drinking alcohol while operating a vehicle||2|
|Admin per se||6|
|Improper operation of motorcycle||2|
|Fail to obey construction/maintenance zone markers/flagman/police officer/restricted lane||3|
|Fail to signal/use incorrect turn signal||2|
|Making improper turn||2|
|Any conviction which resulted from a charge that involved the drinking of alcoholic beverages and the driving of a motor vehicle but did not require mandatory revocation of the driver license||6|
Updated: Friday, 11 May 2012, 9:22 AM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 09 May 2012, 12:34 PM CDT
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - House Bill 2, the texting and driving bill signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley on May 8 added a new citation that could add points to offenders' driving records, but what exactly is the points system?
According to the DMV's website, traffic offenses carry a point value from 2-6 points. The more points on a person's record, the more penalties they could face.
After two years, offenses lose their point value, but if a driver accumulates a certain number of points before that reset, they could have their license suspended.
|12-14 points||60 days|
|15-17 points||90 days|
|18-20 points||120 days|
|21-23 points||180 days|
|24 points||One year|
Still, after an offense loses its point value, it remains on the drivers record. Of course, the number of violations on a driver's record affects their insurance rate.
The table to the left has the traffic violations that possess a point value and each of their values. The new bill, which goes into effect on August 1, will add a violation for texting or e-mailing while driving worth two points.
There's more information on the Alabama Department of Public Safety's website .