Learn how many points you earn for each traffic citation and when the DMV can suspend your license.

In Colorado, virtually every traffic ticket carries points that go on your driving record.  More importantly, if you get too many, the DMV can suspend your license.  So, how many is too many?

The DMV’s Authority to Suspend Your License

Pursuant to Colorado law, the DMV

has the authority to suspend the license of any [adult] driver who . . . has been convicted of traffic violations resulting in the accumulation of twelve points or more within any twelve consecutive months or eighteen points or more within any twenty-four consecutive months . . ..[1]

In other words, you need to watch how many points you get on your driver’s license at both the 12-month and 24-month marks.  But, in order to do that, you need to know how many points each violation is worth.

The Point System in Colorado

Colorado has a somewhat lengthy point system and the statute can be difficult to follow.  In order to assist your review, we have created an easy to read summary.  The following is a list of the most common types of traffic violations and the points associated with each.[2]

OFFENSE[3] POINTS
Leaving the scene of an accident 12 points
DUI / DUI per se 12 points
Driving while ability impaired (DWAI) 8 points
Underage drunk driving 4 points
Speed contest or aiding in a contest 12 points
Exhibition of speed or aiding in such an exhibition 5 points
Reckless driving 8 points
Careless driving resulting in death 12 points
Careless driving 4 points
Eluding police (or attempt) 12 points
1-4 mph over 0 points
5-9 mph over 1 point
10-19 mph over 4 points
20-39 mph over 6 points
40+ mph over 12 points
Failure to stop for school signals 6 points
Failure to stop for school bus 6 points
Improper passing 4 points
Following too closely 4 points
Failure to yield to emergency vehicle 4 points
Failure to observe traffic sign or signal 4 points
Improper turn 3 points
Failure to signal 2 points
Failure to yield to pedestrian 4 points
Failure to yield to disabled pedestrian 6 points
Failure to maintain or show proof of insurance 4 points
No seatbelt 2 points

 

If you have received a traffic ticket, feel free to contact my office anytime.  All initial consultations are free of charge and I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can help you get your ticket dismissed or reduced.

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[1] Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 42-2-127(1)(a).  Included in the statute are also point provisions for minors, which read that the DMV can suspend the license

“of a minor driver eighteen years of age or older, who has accumulated nine points or more within any twelve consecutive months, or twelve points or more within any twenty-four consecutive months, or fourteen points or more for violations occurring after reaching the age of eighteen years, or, in the case of a minor driver under the age of eighteen years, who has accumulated more than five points within any twelve consecutive months or more than six points for violations occurring prior to reaching the age of eighteen years.”

[2] It is important to note that, for some of the offenses, you can receive points on your license, which is administrative, but also be charged with a crime.  For example, you can be criminally charged for driving under the influence but, administratively (and separately), the DMV can add 12 points to your driver’s license.

[3] C.R.S. 42-2-127.


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