PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
PennDot maintains driving record for every licensed driver, whereby drivers are assessed points on their driving record upon convictions of certain types of moving offenses.
Motor Vehicle Code Violation, Points, and Fines:
§1571 - Violation concerning license: 3 points and $100 fine.
§3102 - Failure to obey policeman or authorized person: 2 points and $25 fine.
§3112(a)(3)(i) or (ii) - Failure to stop at red light: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3302 - Failure to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3303- Improper passing: 3 points and $25 fine
§3306(a)(1) - Improper Passing: 4 points and $25 fine
§3306(a)(2) and (3) and §3307 - Other improper passing: 3 points and $25 fine
§3310 - Following too closely: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3321 and §3322: Failure to yield offenses: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3323(b) and (c) - Failure to stop for stop sign or yield for yield sign: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3324 - Failure to yield when entering roadway between intersections: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3332 - Improper turning around: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3341(a) - Failure to obey signal indicating approach of train: 2 points and $25 fine.
§3341(b): Failure to comply with crossing gate or barrier: 4 points and 30-day license suspension.
§3342(b) or (e) - Failure to stop are railroad crossing: 4 points and fine ranging from $200 to $500.
§3344 - Failure to stop when entering from alley, driveway or building: 3 points and $25 fine.
§3345(a) - Overtaking School Bus - Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights: 5 points and 60-day suspension.
§3361 - Driving too fast for conditions: 2 points and $35 fine.
§3362 - Speeding or Exceeding Maximum Speed: Fines are $35 plus $2 for every mile per hour over the speed limit: 5 mph or less: 0 points plus fines 6-10 mph over: 2 points plus fines 11-15 mph over: 3 points plus fines 16-25 mph over: 4 points plus fines 26-30 mph over: 5 points plus fines 31+ mph over: 5 points, departmental hearing and additional sanctions, to include suspension, driver improvement school, and/or road examination. Work Zone Speeding: If 11+ mph over the speed limit, a 15-day suspension
§3365(b) - Exceeding special speed limit in school zone: 3 points and 60 days suspension for a 2nd or subsequent offense
§3365(c) - Exceeding special speed limit for trucks on downgrades: 3 points and fines
§3542(a) and §3547 - Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk or sidewalk: 3 points and $25 fine
§3702 - Improper backing: 3 points and $25 fine
§3714(a) - Careless driving: 3 points and fine of up to $300. NOTE: Careless Driving Causing Unintentional Death carries a 6-month license suspension and Careless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury carries a 3-month license suspension.
§3736(a) - Reckless Driving: 6-month mandatory license suspension and $200 minimum fine
§3745 - Leaving scene of accident involving property damage: 4 points, $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
PennDot Point System
Under the Age of 18
The driving privilege of a person under the age of 18 will be suspended if that person accumulates six (6) or more points or is convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. The first suspension will be for a period of 90 days. Any additional occurrences will result in a suspension of 120 days. This suspension is in addition to the requirements of the point system found below.
First Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record reaches 6 or more points for the first time, the driver will receive a written notice to take a special written point examination. The examination will address:
1. Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices,
2. Knowledge of Departmental Sanctions, and
3. Knowledge of Related Safety Issues.
The driver has 30 days to successfully pass the exam or else the license will be suspended until the exam is passed. If the exam is passed within the 30-day period, 2 points will be removed from the driving record.
Second Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and then for a second time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the requirement to attend the hearing. At the hearing, a hearing examiner will review the driver’s record. After the hearing, the Department may recommend one or more:
1. 15 Day License Suspension,
2. Driver to Take a Special On-Road Driver’s Examination
3. Driver to Attend PennDOT’s Driver Improvement School, or
4. Take No Action.
If a person’s driving privilege is suspended or a special driver’s exam is recommended, 2 points will be removed from the driving record if the driver passes the exam within 30 days or 2 points will be removed once the 15-day suspension has been served. No points are removed from the driving record if the Department does not initiate a sanction. Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60-day license suspension.
Third or More Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and for the third or subsequent time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a Departmental hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. The Department will then determine if a 30-day license suspension will be initiated. Failure to attend this Departmental hearing will result in the suspension of the driver’s license until the driver attends the hearing.
When a driver is convicted for speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, the driver will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the requirement to attend the hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. Upon the Department’s review of the hearing, one of the following will be initiated: 1. 15 Day License Suspension 2.Special On-Road Driver’s Examination 3. Attend PennDOT’s Driver Improvement School If a 15-day suspension is initiated, the driving record will show 5 points upon restoration. No points are removed if a special driver’s examination is initiated and completed. Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60-day license suspension.