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Who is eligible to take traffic school?

There’s a certain moral order to the rules about attending traffic school. For example; if you’ve been caught driving more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, your speeding ticket can’t be erased by passing traffic school, either online or in person. There’s the kind of speeding that says, “I was listening to the radio and my speedometer crept up seven miles over the limit”, and there’s the kind that says, “I know how fast I’m going, so get out of my way!” The speed limit rule is designed to punish the wanton rule-breaker, while giving the slightly distracted a break. There’s also a logic that says professional drivers should be more careful than the rest of us driving slobs. Commercial drivers can attend traffic school in order to have a ticket dismissed, but it won’t be erased from the DMV record. In general, a non-moving violation will get you a ticket and a fine: a moving violation will get you a ticket, a fine, and if you’re lucky, the chance to take traffic school.

If you haven’t attended traffic school in California in the past 18 months, and if the ticket you receive (or the “courtesy notice” that arrives in the mail about three weeks after getting the ticket) says that you are eligible to attend traffic school, you’re good to go. If you don’t get a courtesy notice within three weeks, the law says that it’s your responsibility to call the traffic court that issued the citation and ask for one. You’ll still have to go to the court and pay a fee and maybe a fine, before attending traffic school: some people are upset to find that although a ticket may be expunged from their records, they still have to pay the fine.

Make sure you get a DMV approved traffic school: your DMV will have a list. Online traffic school, even the comedy version, is relatively cheap, so it makes sense to stay at home and get the task done with minimal hassle.

You can’t use traffic school to wipe out all your tickets, so the point system will work against people who keep breaking the rules and getting caught. The worse the infraction, the more points you lose, unless you’ve done something really awful, in which case you can lose your license on the spot. (But it won’t matter much because there will be a nice policeman to drive you right to jail, anyway).

The 18 month rule goes from the date of your last violation, and it isn’t set completely in stone. If you’re deemed ineligible for traffic school because you’ve attended it within the past 18 months, you can go to court and put in a special request to go to traffic school. Your violation and the completion of traffic school will still appear on your DMV record, so the primary reason for asking to go to traffic school in this case is if you hope to keep your insurance rates low.
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