What is Traffic School?
Traffic School is a common term for traffic safety courses. Depending on the state or locale it can be called different names. Some examples are Driver Improvement Course, Defensive Driving Course, Traffic Safety Course, etc.
Why Online Traffic School?
The main reason most people take online traffic school is for diversion of a traffic ticket. In other words, it’s a part of a plea with the court with the incentive of reducing their traffic ticket fine or not reporting it to the DMV (thus helping to keep insurance premium rates lower) by completing an approved driver improvement course. Incentives vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but the concept is the same. All traffic schools are private entities and charge a fee. Courses range from four to eight hours and, depending on jurisdiction and local rules, can be taken online or in the classroom.
Who Regulates Online Traffic Schools?Again, depending on the local jurisdiction, traffic schools can be regulated by a local court or be a part of a state-wide program. Some of the larger state-wide traffic school programs are:
- Arizona Defensive Driving Program - Arizona Supreme Court - Ticket dismissal
- California Traffic Violator School Program (TVS) - California DMV - Ticket dismissal and point masking
- Florida Basic Driver Improvement Program (BDI) - Florida DMV - Ticket dismissal and point masking
- Idaho Traffic Safety Program - Idaho DMV - Negligent Drivers with multiple traffic tickets
- New Jersey Defensive Driver Program - NJ DMV - Point and Insurance Reduction
- New York Defensive Driving Program - NY DMV - Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP)
- Texas Defensive Driving Course - Texas Education Agency (TEA) - Ticket dismissal, insurance reduction and point masking
Is There a Difference between Online Traffic School and a classroom course?Other than the obvious, all programs must follow the same rules and guidelines, and are very similar. Most of the online traffic school courses contain a combination of text, audio and video and require a short exit quiz at the end of the course. The type of presentation and difficulty will vary from school to school. However, required course time and passing score requirements are dictated by the licensing authority and are the same for all traffic schools. The difference between online traffic school and a classroom traffic school course basically comes down to convenience. For example, you can complete the course at your convenience rather than all in one sitting because the online course allows you to complete the course in segments by simply logging in and out as your time permits. As an added bonus, Improv Traffic School also provides free VIP tickets to the Improv Comedy Club upon completion of the online course.
What are the typical subjects covered in traffic school?A typical traffic school course is designed to be a refresher driving course for an experienced driver and stresses the importance of basic driving rules and techniques. Examples of such topics include:
- State Driving Rules
- Defensive Driving Techniques
- Accident Prevention Techniques
- Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Coping with Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Good Luck and Safe Motoring!