Oklahoma Has a Driver’s License Point System Through the Department of Public Safety
Video Transcribed: What’re more points on your driver’s license in Oklahoma, DUI, or reckless driving? I’m Tulsa Traffic Ticket Attorney, James Wirth. And that’s the question we were presented with today, which is more points on your license, DUI, or reckless driving? As you’ve probably already known, Oklahoma has a driver’s license point system through the Department of Public Safety. If you’re convicted of a traffic offense, the court clerk is a notice of that conviction to the Department of Public Safety.
That puts point value assigned to your license. When insurance companies request your driving history, they get those points information that could cause increased insurance costs or loss of insurance completely. And then if you get 10 within five years, then it’s a loss of your driver’s license. But looking at two particular traffic infractions, which one do you think has more points, DUI or reckless driving?
And it’s a bit of a trick question because DUI doesn’t have any points at all because a first offense conviction for DUI is an automatic suspension of a driver’s license for 180 days. You don’t actually get points, just complete loss of your license for 180 days. Whereas, reckless driving is the maximum number of points that they have for any traffic offense. It’s four points on your license.
So for either one of those, obviously you want to avoid getting in trouble with law enforcement, getting those tickets. If you do get a ticket, you want to, for the benefit of your driving record, insurance costs, you want to avoid a conviction and talking to an attorney about that.
But there are also things that you can do to mitigate the points, such as doing a safe driving, defensive driving course, or simply going for a period of time without points or any traffic offenses. Then those points kind of erode over time.
But if you’ve got questions about your specific circumstances, you’re going to want to talk to an attorney confidentially about that. To get that scheduled with somebody at my office, you can go online to makelaweasy.com.