The DMV Double Whammy
A new DMV rule has been affecting drivers in Florida as of late. It doesn’t have a title, it isn’t listed under any statute, but it can still have a big impact on a person’s ability to drive. When certain traffic citations are issued and the driver elects to simply pay the fine (thus admitting guilt) DMV is forcing the drivers to attend traffic school. As a result of the DMV policy, drivers will receive points on their license but still have to attend school. This is an absurd policy because most drivers could simply hire an attorney or elect school initially and would not receive points. Furthermore, most drivers are not aware of this requirement and as a result, they do not even know there is an issue until they receive a notice of pending suspension from DMV.
If you get cited for running a red light, passing a stopped school bus, or were a driver in a crash and found at fault (if someone was transported to the hospital, or you had two crashes in a two-year period resulting in property damage greater than $500), then this rule applies to you.
Recently, Dale Carson Law was contacted by a person with this exact issue. We will call him Joe. Joe received a citation for running a red light. He paid his ticket in full and believed that there was nothing left for him to do. A few weeks after paying his ticket, Joe got a notice from the DMV stating his license had been suspended for failure to take a 4-hour Basic Driver Improvement course. Had Joe gone about this a different way he could have avoided both the points and the school requirement.
Chris Carson, attorney at DCL, shed a little insight as to how this process works. Here is a synopsis:
- A driver receives a ticket for one of the listed violations.
- The driver pays the ticket within the 30 day required time period.
- If the driver is unaware of the Basic Driver Improvement requirement, DMV will issue a notice of pending suspension via US Mail.
- If the BDI class is not completed, DMV will suspend the license until the driver shows proof of completion of the class and pays a reinstatement fee.
To avoid this government shakedown, call Dale Carson Law and speak to an experienced attorney today.