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Indiana law assesses a point value for each conviction of certain moving violations. The point value relates to the seriousness of the offense in posing a risk to traffic safety. Point values for offenses range from zero to eight points, depending on the violation. Points stay active on an individual’s driving record for two years from the conviction date.
|Common Point Values|
|1 – 15 mph over the speed limit||2 point violation|
|16 – 25 mph over the speed limit||4 point violation|
|26+ mph over the speed limit||6 point violation|
|Failure to use headlights||2 point violation|
|No brake or signal lights||2 point violation|
|Disregard stop/yield sign||6 point violation|
|Fail to yield to emergency vehicle||8 point violation|
|Improper U-turn||4 point violation|
|Following too closely||6 point violation|
|Unsafe lane movement||4 point violation|
|Failure to yield||6 point violation|
|Speed contest on road||8 point violation|
|Improper motorcycle headgear||4 point violation|
|Improper motorcycle passenger||4 point violation|
|Driving while suspended||8 point violation|
A court may require a driver to complete a Driver Safety Program (DSP) or Defensive Driving Course (DDC). If the requirement is a court imposed DSP or DDC, then the driver should inquire with the court about which DDC or DSP provider will satisfy the court’s requirement. However, the BMV requires a driver who commits two or more traffic offenses, within a 12-month period, that result in convictions to complete a BMV-approved DSP. Drivers who are under 18 years of age are required to complete a DSP if before they are 18 they are convicted of two or more traffic offenses, involved in two or more accidents, or a combination of the two. Failure to complete a BMV approved DSP course within the specified time period will result in the suspension of the individual's driving privileges.