In New Jersey, one speeding ticket may seem minor, but multiple moving
violations can lead to the suspension or revocation of your license. New
Jersey also uses a point system that has a direct influence on the amount
of your auto insurance premiums. As you can see,
traffic violations are not something you want to ignore.
This week, NorthJersey.com featured an interesting Road Warrior blog post
about what happens to traffic violations that are received in other states.
The question was raised by a Bergen County resident who winters in Florida
each year. It was there the man had received a speeding ticket from a
police officer who told him not to worry, that the ticket wouldn't
follow him back to his home state.
Needless to say, the man was surprised when he was notified by the New
Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission that six points were being added to his
license as well as a surcharge. The man was especially shocked because
in New Jersey, it only takes 12 points on your license to trigger a license
The Road Warrior columnist researched the issue and found out that what
the Florida officer had told the man was not true. Traffic violations
picked up in other states can and do follow you back home. In fact, many
states, like New Jersey and Florida, share driving-penalty information.
But, it is also important to note that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
only charges two points for each out-of-state traffic violation. This
means that more serious four-point-violations occurring out of New Jersey
only result in two points being applied to your license.
So why did the Bergen County gentleman receive six points on his license,
you ask? The man had actually received two previous moving violations
that also accounted for two points each. The first had been in Florida
in 2008 and the second was from Virginia in 2009. This brings up another
important point: you might not actually find out about out-of-state moving
violations affecting your license until long after you were cited.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "Have moving violations, will travel," John