The State of Delaware, like every other state in the country, operates a points system which is used to curb problem drivers and regulate the use of driver licenses. Every state has a different points system, so if you are unfamiliar with Delaware’s, you should study the table provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles, especially if you have just got a traffic violation ticket.

Out of State Licenses

Delaware is only a very small state and the chances are that you are an out of state driver when you get a ticket. Note that Delaware points do not automatically transfer over to your out of state license, although your own state will be notified of the violations. That doesn’t mean you will be exempt from any other penalties, such as fines, of course.

Points in Delaware Depreciate with Time

Delaware has a slightly unusual points system in that the points you get for something like speeding (2 to 5) or failure to yield the right of way (4) will depreciate with time. The longer the period from the time you received the ticket, the less the points become. After two years, the points disappear altogether. For example, imagine you were caught traveling at 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. You are 14 mph over, so get 4 points on your Delaware license. After 1 year, these 4 points reduce to 2 points, and after 2 years the points for this particular offense are cancelled completely

License Suspension Process in Delaware

If you have accumulated 12 points on your license in Delaware, your license will be suspended for at least 2 months. The license suspension is dependent on you completing a driver modification course. If you don’t complete the course, then you will get a suspension. If you have accumulated 14 or more points, then a 4 month suspension is mandatory and you will still need to complete a driver modification course to get the license reinstated. Even more points simply increases the suspension time. The DMV will send you a warning letter when your points reach 8 to remind you.

Credit for Defensive Driving Course

Delaware has another unusual way in which it calculates license points. You can get 3 points credited to your license if you voluntarily go on a defensive driver course. This means that if you start off with a clean license, and then get handed a ticket for a red light violation and you have already done a defensive driver course, the credit for this (3 points) will cancel out the points for the ticket.

Points for Speedin

Points for speeding vary from 2 if you were up to 10mph over the limit to 5 if you were dong more than 20 over. However, if this is your first offense in any three year period, then you will not gain any points if you were only 14 mph or less over the limit. The offense will still be recorded and you will also be fined. If you are 25 mph or more over, you will face an automatic license suspension as well as the 5 points on your license.

Hardship Licenses

Delaware allows a discretionary hardship license if your license has been suspended. This will be given to you to allow you to work or go to college only, if that is necessary. It is also dependent on you completing a driver modification course.



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    The objectives of Delco’s Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program are manifold: (1) to identify driver’s problems; (2) to change the problematic driver’s behavior by giving information and opportunities for training; (3) if needed be, to impose continuous sanctions after more accumulation of convictions/points on driving record of the individual. Governed by Division Policy Regulation #45, the goal of the program is to prevent crash . There are steps in the program geared to the gravity of the driving record that maybe the cause of an advisory letter, a mandated suspension, and/or taking a driving course on modification of attitude and behavior. Added is a reinstatement fee of $25.00 to be paid at the Division of Motor Vehicles for reinstatement of license. The point system of Delco: speeding violation of 1-9 MPH over posted limit  = 2 points; speeding violation of 10-14 MPH = 4 points; speeding violation of 15 – 19 MPH = 5 points ; speeding 20 MPH = 5 points + other actions including suspension. Point system for: passing a school bus that stopped = 6 points; reckless driving = 6 points; aggressive driving = 6 points; disregarding red light or stop sign = 3 points and other moving violations = 2 points. For the first 12 months from the date of violation, calculated points are credited at full point value. After the initial expiration of initial 12 months, the calculated points will get a half-point value for the next 12 months. All rates are determined by the based upon entire calculated […]

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    Secane Pa. – A 2nd charge of DUI homicide is filed versus a woman from Delaware County who repeated acts of creating havoc while driving her vehicle. Authorities reported that this week, Nichole Labelle, age 24 and resident of Secane is facing her second DUI crash in less than two years. Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood of the Upper Darby reported that the woman was unsteady; her clothes were in disarray and wearing only one shoe when they apprehended her. Labelle in her latest crash hit a car and she told Chitwood that she was driving her vehicle when she hit another vehicle. The officer said just last year, Labelle was DUI when she slammed her car and killed her passenger identified as George Kaminski, age 21. During her last crash, Labelle was out on bail. It is in the news that a awaiting trial on charges of killing a young man while driving impaired in Philadelphia two years ago was again arrested in Upper Darby last Tuesday night for crashing her car while high on heroin and prescription pills. Labelle rammed her vehicle into a parked car that was unoccupied along Westbrook Dr. in the vicinity of Alverstone Rd. at about 8:45 o’clock Tuesday evening. When police reached the scene, they saw that had only one shoe on and was speaking in a slurred manner. She told Chitwood that she got distracted and crashed her car. When police questioned her further, she told officers she had shot up heroin and took doses of Adderall […]

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    Experts of traffic safety pronounced three classifications for distractions: it maybe manual, visual and cognitive. Manual distractions happen when you are moving your hands away from the wheel and the task of controlling the vehicle. For example: reaching for a falling personal object. Visual distractions take place when you turn your eyes away from the road. For example, when you are looking at a road map to ascertain where you are going. A cognitive distraction is the wandering away of your mind instead of paying attention to the road. For example, thinking of your date tonight. Some facts about distractive driving are quite alarming. Studies showed that drivers within the 20-24 year group caused crashes related to cell phone use; the 25-29 year olds follow and those 19 and under follow very closely. It appears that 55% are crashed committed by males while 45% are the females. Friday crashes due to distracted driving are higher compared with any other days. Delaware is among the states with the toughest imposition of laws on distracted driving for Delco wants to alleviate traffic safety. They are strongly enforcing cell phone bans as using a mobile while behind the wheel has been considered as top driving distraction. Just consider lots of car mishaps on roads across America due to use of mobiles while behind the wheel. Here is a list of prohibitions imposed by the state of Delaware to drivers especially more impositions to newbie and bus drivers. In the state of Delco, no […]

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    Delaware roads have claimed 139 lives and injured more than 9,657 over the past three years in crashes involving aggressive driving. In fact, about 42% of all fatal car accidents in Delaware for the year 2010 were caused by aggressive driving with more than 1/3 were due to the failure of driver to grant the right of way. It was in 1998 that Delaware passed an aggressive driving law that defines this type of driving as a combination of three or more specific illegal actions from one continuous incident. There are specific acts that can be considered under the charge of aggressive driving: (1) not following a traffic control device; (2) passing at the right; (3) not driving within the traffic lane; (4) tail driving; (5) failure to yield; (6) improper entrance to the roadway; (7) not using turn signals; (8) failure to stop or yield at a sign; (9) overtaking and passing a stopped school bus; and (10) speeding . Anyone given a citation for aggressive driving is subject to stiffer penalties. These is a fine from $100 to $300, an imprisonment for 10 to 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment even for a first offense. For another offense than occur within three years of the previous, the sanctions include a fine from $300-$1,000, imprisonment for 30 to 60 days, or both, plus 30-day suspension of driving privileges. There are no suspensions of sentences. Violators have more obligations to face; they must pass an approved course that addressed behavior modification or […]

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