Virtually all motorists wind up committing a moving violation and getting ticketed at least once and usually several times throughout potentially decades of driving. Nebraska generally allows occasional slipups with minor traffic infractions with payment of a modest fine. But when some Nebraska drivers become problem drivers, they could lose their driving privileges temporarily or permanently.
Traffic Violations in Nebraska 101
A conviction for a moving violation in Nebraska or a compact state will earn demerit points. Only Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia are not among compact states, so moving violations in most states will reflect on a Nebraska motorist’s driving record. Accruing too many points or committing major moving violations results in a temporary suspension and possible permanent revocation of Nebraska driving privileges.
Nebraska Point System
Convictions for moving violations in Nebraska and compact states will put demerit points that work against your driving privileges. The Nebraska point system places the points on your record starting from the date of the conviction or guilty plea for the moving violation. Driving convictions stay on your record for five years. Accumulating 12 or more points for moving violations during and 24-month period will trigger a suspension of driving privileges.
How Long do Points Stay on Your Record?
Demerit points for traffic violations stay on the respective driver’s Nebraska driving record for two years following the date of conviction for the traffic offense. A 2-point credit is available for those who successfully complete an approved eight-hour driver improvement course.
License Suspension and Reinstatement in Nebraska
Whenever a Nebraska driver gets 12 or more points on his or her driving record, the state automatically revokes that person’s driving privileges. While the license is suspended, many still can apply for and obtain employment driving permits that enable them to drive to and from work. Similar permissions are available to drive to and from medical appointments when dealing with a serious medical condition requiring regular doctor visits.
The first time a Nebraska driver has his or her license suspended due to too many points, the suspension lasts for six months. Any subsequent traffic offenses that triggers suspension within five years of the initial suspension will result in a loss of driving privileges for three years.
License reinstatement requires respective motorists to successfully complete an eight-hour driver improvement course that the Nebraska DMV approves. Motorists with suspended licenses also must submit an SR-22 Certificate of Insurance and pay a $125 reinstatement fee to regain driving privileges.
Whenever ticketed for a moving violation in Nebraska, you can either plead guilty and pay the fine by mail or fight the ticket within the respective municipal court through which the ticket was issued. If the court rules in your favor, the ticket likely would be voided. If the court rules against you, a conviction for a moving violation will trigger a fine. You can pay the fine through the respective court system.
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