How much any traffic school offers its students in the way of educational
benefits depends largely on the course, how much the students already
knows, and their willingness to apply what has been taught. I remember
them having a mandatory class at work after a particularly horrendous
accident left an employee and her family dead. That evening driving home
from work I stopped for a yellow light; however, the driver behind me
didn’t. I guess he hadn’t had to sit through a defensive driving class.
Advantages of Traffic School
From a purely financial standpoint, in California, the advantage of traffic
school to those who have received a first-time moving violation can be
tremendous. After completion, a certificate is sent to the DMV and the
moving violation is kept confidential from your insurance company so that
your premiums do not go up.
Howmuch the average person pays for auto insurance depends on a variety
of factors, such as:
· Age and sex, normally younger and older male drivers pay more
for insurance. That’s why both younger and older male drivers are
more widely targeted for defensive driving courses, even though everyone
is entitled the discount, these two groups are made to feel they are getting
· Marital status, those who are married often are offered the lowest
premium, then single, and last divorced.
· The amount of deductible, the higher the deductible the lower
· The type of car and its value, a sports car will pay more than
a mini-van and a Ferrari a whole lot more than a Fiat.
· The type of insurance you buy, what you should buy or must buy
is dependent on the value of your car and whether you owe the bank. If
you owe the bank, they will normally require you to carry full comprehensive
and collision insurance on the car. An older car that is paid off, may
only require liability insurance. Some of the add-ons are very beneficial
and inexpensive, such as Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UI)
can be an exceptional value given that nearly 25 percent of CA drivers
are UM/UI and medical expenses are very expensive and since they probably
couldn’t afford coverage in the first place, suing is probably useless.
· How far you live from where you work or school.
· Where you live.
Many companies offer discounts to drivers who bundle their homeowners with
their auto insurance, insure multiple vehicles, and good student discounts
for teens and college students. And, some assign a “higher risk”
to certain statuses, so shop around. Just because mom and dad have used
the same company for 30 years, doesn’t mean you should. But, it
may be the most inexpensive.
Eligibility for a State-Approved Course
If you received a moving violation that is normally assessed one Negligent
Operator Treatment System (NOTS) point, you were not driving a commercial
vehicle, you don’t have a mandatory court appearance tied to your
ticket, and you haven’t used traffic school for a traffic ticket
in the previous 18 months, you should be eligible to attend traffic school.
The court advisory, which is required in CA after 1 May 2017 (although
required, it does not relieve you of your duty to appear if you do not
receive one) should state whether you are authorized traffic school or
you could ask a traffic ticket attorney.
ca.gov website has a list of state-approved courses that are required to send
your certificate to the court and DMV. However, you should print a copy
of your certificate for your records.
Bigger & Harman, Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys
In Kings, Tulare, Kern, Mono or other Central Valley counties and some
SoCal counties such as LA, Riverside, and San Bernardino, call Bigger
& Harman, 661-349-9300, for a free phone consultation. You can also email
firstname.lastname@example.org the details of your ticket to get their recommendation.
It is not always financially prudent to hire a traffic ticket attorney,
such as when traffic school is authorized. However, for speeding tickets
more than 25 mph over the speed limit and other two-point NOTS assessments,
you should consult with the Bigger & Harman law firm about possible
courses of action.
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.