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 .
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