PennDOT gives bad drivers a chance to redeem themselves

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Bad drivers will now have a chance to redeem themselves. 

Drivers who are facing a suspension of their license due to an accumulation of points on their driving record or for a conviction of excessive speeding can clean up their record by completing Driver Improvement School. 

The new program instituted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is a training program for those drivers at risk of losing their license. 

“For many, losing the ability to legally operate a motor vehicle means not just a loss of mobility, but a loss of income and independence as well,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said, in a written statement. 

The DIS focuses on safety and looks at poor driving behaviors and the judgment exhibited by high-risk drivers. The course focuses on why the drivers in the class engage in risky driving behavior and develops strategies to modify that behavior and improve driving habits. 

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As drivers are convicted of certain moving violations, points are assigned to their driving record. If the driver accumulates enough points or has an excessive speeding conviction, that driver is required to attend a departmental hearing.

A driver safety examiner will review their driving record at the hearing and discuss the driving habits that resulted in the hearing. A determination will be made on whether serving a 15-day suspension or attending PennDOT’s DIS would be most beneficial for the driver. 

Anyone who completes the training because they have up to six points on their record for the second time will have two points removed from their record and avoid a 15-day suspension. An individual who attends and successfully completes the DIS due to a conviction on excessive speeding will avoid having to serve a 15-day suspension.

However, nyone who does not successfully complete the course or fails to attend will have their license suspended for 60 days. 

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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