Traffic Violations OverviewMassachusetts has specific traffic laws that all drivers must follow. Failing to do so could lead to a citation. If you receive a traffic ticket, you have two options. You can pay for the ticket, which is the same as admitting guilt, or you can go to court to fight it. If you lose your case in court, then you will be asked to pay the civil assessment. Points will also be added to your license.
Massachusetts Points SystemMassachusetts uses the Safe Driver Insurance Program. The SDIP influences insurance costs as well as the ability to retain your license. Points are given for:
- Major traffic violations (5 points)
- Minor traffic violations (2 points)
- Major at-fault collisions (4 points)
- Minor at-fault collisions (3 points)
How Long Points Last
SDIP points usually stay on your record for up to six years. Drivers have the ability to reduce the points on their licenses before that six-year mark if they have three or fewer surchargeable offenses, have no offense within the last three years, and they have at least three years of driving experience. For each year that these requirements are met, you can remove one point from your license.
License Suspension and ReinstatementThe RMV will suspend your license if you commit a series of major or minor civil or criminal traffic offenses. These include:
- Three speeding tickets
- Three no transparent window tickets
- Seven surchargeable events
- Three surchargeable events
- Habitual traffic offender
Paying FinesIf you are going to pay your fines without attending court, you need to pay it within 20 days of receipt. If you do not pay your fees, you’ll receive a notice from the RMV. At that point, you have 30 days to pay. If you do not, you will lose your license with a suspension until the bill is paid. You can pay the fines online, by mail, or by phone.
Pay OnlineTo pay online, wait ten days before logging on to the RMV website. Then:
- Fill out the ticket number
- Include the date of the offense
- Fill out your email address
- Pay the fee
Pay by MailTo pay by mail, send a check or money order to:
Pay by PhoneTo pay by phone, call:
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