Traffic Violations and the Law

If a driver disobeys traffic laws, a police officer may cite them for a moving violation. When a motorist is convicted of a moving violation, such as a traffic ticket, it adds "points" to their driver license.

Points accumulate on the driver's record for each additional violation they are convicted of in a court of law. If a driver's licence has too many points, driving priveleges are suspended and/or traffic school attendence may be required.

While points assessed to a driver's record will undoubtedly affect driving priveleges, they may also impact insurance premiums, rates and coverage. The insurance company's logic is simple: The more points attached to a license, the more of a risk that driver is to both themself and other motorists on the road.

The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Point System deters repeat offenders and helps to keep highways safe from reckless drivers. Point assessment varies by traffic violation. For reference, a list of common motor vehicle violations and associated point assessment is provided below.

Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Violations and Points

Section:Description:Points:
1512Violation of restriction on driverís license.2
1571Violation concerning license.3
3102Failure to obey policeman or authorized person.2
3112(a)(3)(i) or (ii)Failure to stop for a red light.3
3114(a)(1)Failure to stop for a flashing red light.3
3302Failure to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle. 3
3303 Improper passing.3
3304Other improper passing.3
3305Other improper passing.3
3306(a)(1)Other improper passing.4
3306(a)(2)Other improper passing.3
3306(a)(3)Other improper passing.3
3307Other improper passing.3
3310Following too closely.3
3321Failure to yield to driver on the right at intersection.3
3322Failure to yield to oncoming driver when making left turn.3
3323(b)Failure to stop for stop sign.3
3323(c) Failure to yield at yield sign.3
3324Failure to yield when entering or crossing roadway between intersections.3
3332Improper turning around.3
3341(a)Failure to obey signal indicating approach of train.2
3341(b)Failure to comply with crossing gate or barrier.4 + 30 daysí suspension
3342(b) or (e)Failure to stop at railroad crossings.4
3344Failure to stop when entering from alley, driveway or building.3
3345(a)Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights.5 + 60 daysí suspension
3361Driving too fast for conditions (Driving vehicle at safe speed.)2
3361Driving too fast for conditions (Driving vehicle at safe speed.) in a work zone and where a police report has been filed.2 + 15 days' suspension
 
 
3362Exceeding maximum speed. 
6-10 mph over limit2
11-15 mph over limit3
16-25 mph over limit4
26-30 mph over limit5
31 mph and over 5 + departmental hearing and sanctions
 
 
3362Exceeding maximum speed limit by 11 mph or more in an active work zonepoints + 15 daysí suspension
3365(b)Exceeding special speed limit in school zone. 3
(and 60 daysí suspension for 2nd or greater offense)
3365(c) Exceeding special speed limit for trucks on downgrades.3
3542(a)Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk.2
3547Failure to yield to pedestrian on sidewalk.3
3549(a)Failure to yield to blind pedestrian.3
3702Improper backing.3
3714(a)Careless driving.3
3745 Leaving scene of accident involving property damage only.4

If a license receives enough points, violators may be required to go to driver improvement school, pass a special examination, attend a departmental hearing and/or have their driving privileges suspended.

Violations with 3 YEAR SUSPENSION:

Section:Description:Penalty:
3732Homicide by vehicle.3 YEAR SUSPENSION
3735 Homicide by vehicle while DUI (driving under the influence).3 YEAR SUSPENSION

Violations with 1 YEAR SUSPENSION:

Section:Description:Penalty:
3735.1Aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI (driving under the influence).1 YEAR SUSPENSION
3742Accidents involving death or personal injury.1 YEAR SUSPENSION
3742.1Accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.1 YEAR SUSPENSION
7111Dealing in titles and plates for stolen vehicles.1 YEAR SUSPENSION
7121False application for certificate of title or registration.1 YEAR SUSPENSION
7122Altered, forged or counterfeit documents and plates.1 YEAR SUSPENSION
3733Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer.1 YEAR SUSPENSION

Violations with 6 MONTH SUSPENSION:

Section:Description:Penalty:
3367Racing on highways.SUSPENSION
3714(b)Careless driving involving the unintentional death of another.6 MONTH SUSPENSION
3734Driving without lights to avoid identification or arrest.6 MONTH SUSPENSION
3736Reckless driving.6 MONTH SUSPENSION
3743Accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property.6 MONTH SUSPENSION
1501(a)For 2nd offense which occurs within 5 years of 1st offense. 6 MONTH SUSPENSION

Violations with 3 MONTH SUSPENSION:

Section:Description:Penalty:
1371Operation following suspension of registration.3 MONTH SUSPENSION
3718Minor prohibited from operating with any alcohol in system.3 MONTH SUSPENSION
3714(c)Careless driving involving serious bodily injury of another.3 MONTH SUSPENSION

SPECIAL RULES FOR DRIVERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD:

Section:Description:Penalty:
3362Exceeding maximum speed limit by 26 mph or moreSUSPENSION
1535Accumulation of 6 or more points before your 18th birthdaySUSPENSION

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