Maryland uses a points-based system for traffic violations. It’s intended as a way of singling out the drivers who are putting others – and themselves – most at risk. A DUI is twelve points in this system.
How do driver’s license points work?
Different types of hazardous driving behavior translates into a different number of points based on how severe the traffic violation is. Each type of traffic illegal driving has been designated with a set value of points.
For instance, two points are given for speeding as long as the driver was going less than ten miles per hour over the speed limit. This is considered a minor violation.
Other common examples of minor traffic violations worth two points include:
- Violation of traffic control signal
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian
The penalty jumps up to twelve points when the driver has committed a major violation, such as driving under the influence. Some of the most common major violations worth twelve points are:
- Vehicular homicide
- Driving under the influence
- Fleeing or eluding the police
- Driving with a revoked or suspended license
Driving while impaired and failing to stop at an accident are both worth eight points. Reckless driving will get the driver six points.
What impact do driver’s license points have?
During the time period that you have these points on your record, your insurance premiums might increase. This is particularly the case with the most severe violations, particularly ones involving reckless driving and DUIs.
Maryland’s driver’s license points last for 24 months. Once they’ve expired, they no longer have any bearing on your record. Keeping this timeline in mind may help when planning out your insurance future.