What is traffic school?
Traffic school is an instructional program in driving and traffic safety that aims at enhancing your knowledge and skill level. Completion of a traffic school course, from one of the approved traffic schools, may keep a violation from showing on your driving record. This can prevent your insurance company from seeing the violation, and subsequently, raising your rates. There are several options for traffic school based on where you live. There are also virtual options, like online traffic by Improv Traffic School. Furthermore, the court may grant a request to attend a licensed traffic school if you have not attended for a previous violation within 18 months of your current violation. Additionally, those that have had a commercial driver’s license or were driving a commercial vehicle when cited, are not eligible for traffic school. Many states, such as: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Virginia; now offer several options for traffic school to be taken online! For those foregoing online instruction, an on-site traffic school provides a classroom setting for instruction and attendance is mandatory. On the other hand, a home study traffic school program offers an alternative for those who may not wish to attend traffic school in person. If you choose this option, it will still cover similar information. The home study option allows you to study at your own pace, although, both programs must be completed within a specified amount of time and require you to pass an exam.
NOTE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school, your automobile insurance may increase significantly. Also, if you fail to return your certificate of completion from traffic school, your case will be closed. The DMV will be notified of a conviction instead of a dismissal, and this will result in a violation point on your driving record, and likely increase your auto insurance.