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  • Date Submitted: 11/30/2013 11:10 AM
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Penalty point or demerit point system is one in which a driver's licensing authority, police force, or other organization issues cumulative demerits, or points to drivers on conviction for road traffic offenses. Points may either be added or subtracted, depending on the particular situation in use. A major offense may lead to more than the maximum allowed points being issued. Points are typically applied after driving offenses are committed, and cancelled a defined time, typically a few years, afterwards, or after other conditions are met; if the total exceeds a specified limit the offender may be disqualified from driving for a time, or the driving license may be revoked. Fines and other penalties may be applied additionally, either for an offense or after a certain number of points have been accumulated.The primary purpose of such point systems is to identify, deter, and penalize repeat offenders of traffic laws, while streamlining the legal process.

When demerit points have accumulated drivers must pay the consequences for their traffic violations. The lower the number of demerit points the less serve the punishment. For example, if one was to fail to signal correctly they could receive two demerit points, which could lead to a warning letter from the ministry. As you gradually move up the demerit point system the consequences increase. Once you reach six demerit points actions will be done to determine why your license shouldn't be suspended, and if you attended the interview it is likely they will suspend you license. Once a driver has accumulated nine or more demerit points your license will be suspended for sixty days, if you fail to hand over your license they will withhold it for two years. After the suspension, the number of points on your record will be reduced to four. Any extra points could again bring you to the interview level. If you reach nine points again, your license may be suspended for six months.


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