istock-keys and liquorEveryone has heard one say to another about a traffic violation that “that is going to be 4 points on your license.” But what does that really mean?

In the state of South Carolina, every moving traffic violation affects the amount of “points” on your driving record and in turn, affects your insurance. In fact, reaching the maximum amount of  “points” on your license will result in suspension or even revocation of your driver’s license completely.

According to the South Carolina DMV, they utilize the “point system,” in hopes to make the “problem” drivers to improve their negative driving mannerisms and aggressiveness, and protect those out there who are just innocent bystanders to the traffic violators. Reckless driving, for example can add some serious points to your license.

So how does it work? Legally, there must be a certain number of points that is assigned to each different type of traffic violations. Once you are found to be guilty of the traffic violations, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will make your driving record public to the appropriate authorities, and inform them of your violation.

Points not only reflect again your insurance, but they can also be reported to other states that you have licenses too. Your “record” then becomes public record and the more convictions you obtain, the more points you get. Certain violations have higher or lower than others. For example, failure to stop at a stop time can be 4 points on your license. Eventually, you will get your license suspended or revoked if too many points.

The good thing is that the points on your license will be reduced by half after one year according to the SCDMV. If there have been multiple convictions, then the point reduction system works according to the date of the conviction and the date that it was published on your record.

Obtaining too many points can result in the loss of your license. If you have received a traffic violation or a DUI, then contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Highower,LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information and help reducing your points.