If you are like most people in New Jersey, you may end up with a traffic ticket at least once in the course of your life. Many factors may contribute to these situations and it is important to remember that even the most responsible drivers get tickets now and then. However, it is important to understand how the state monitors these violations and how receiving them may ultimately impact your right to drive.

According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, different violations are associated with a certain number of points based in part on the level of danger they are believed to represent. If you amass too many points on your license, you may be at risk for losing the right to drive for some period of time. Speeding is a common action for which people receive tickets. One speeding ticket may add up to five points on your license based on how fast you were driving.

You will receive five points if your speed was more than 30 miles over the posted limit, four points if your speed was between 15 and 29 miles over the posted limit and two points for speeds up to 14 miles over the posted limit. You may also receive two points for driving so slowly that you block traffic.

If you would like to learn more about how points may be added to your driver’s license based on the nature of individual citations and how you can protect your right to drive, please feel free to visit the driver’s license point system page of our New Jersey driver’s rights and traffic violations website.