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Unlike many other states, the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) does not have an official points system for drivers who are convicted of traffic violations. This does not, however, mean that drivers are at liberty to receive a dangerous amount of traffic violations without harsh penalties. Every violation is added to the drivers record; repeat offenders can be punished in addition to the original penalties for the violation. One type of repeat offender is a habitual offender. This means that they receive three or more convictions of a serious traffic offense within five years; examples include vehicular assault, participation in a hit and run accident, driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, or trying to elude a police officer. The habitual offenders drivers license will be suspended. If a driver commits at least twenty less serious offenses within a five year period, they are in danger of losing their license. Less serious offenses include drag racing, driving illegally with a suspended or revoked license, disobeying traffic signals or road signs, negligent driving, distracted driving while texting, driving on the wrong side or the road, or speeding. If their license is suspended, the length of suspension depends on the circumstances of the offenses. To reinstate a suspended license, the driver must meet all of the requirements of their sentence. In serious cases, such as a DUI, this can include probation, jail time, or community service. Drivers must pay a fee to regain their license. In some cases, drivers can attend a driver education school approved by the DOL to reflect positively back on their driving record. They should also do everything they can to avoid getting any further traffic convictions by driving safely and obeying traffic laws. The possibility of a license suspension is one reason that people choose to fight their traffic tickets. It is much easier to successfully contest a ticket with the help of a traffic attorney. Most drivers have a better chance of getting a traffic ticket dismissed if they have a lawyer representing their case.
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