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Old 06-13-07, 08:01 PM   #1
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Clean driving record?

What's considered a "clean" driving record?

My license has never been suspended, but I have had a few tickets in the past.
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Old 06-13-07, 08:07 PM   #2
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Your driver's license is not clean. The more tickets, and the worse the offenses, the dirtier your record.

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Absolutely, I should have added: within a certain time period.

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Old 06-13-07, 08:16 PM   #3
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All moving violations are eventually wiped from your driving abstract after a certain period of time. A "clean" driving record means that there are no moving violations currently on your abstract.
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Old 06-13-07, 08:31 PM   #4
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What Sprocket Man sez. According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, I have a clean driving record so I am entitled to the highest discount* (43%) off my car insurance.

*not really a discount when you consider that this monopoly is the only option for car insurance in this province. Yay socialism

When I was a dumbass teenager, I had a couple speeding tickets, but they have long since been wiped off my record; I think they're gone after five years.
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Typically 3 to 5 years to wipe a ticket or accident in my experience.

My insurance company considers "clean" to be no more than one minor ticket or minor accident. School zone infractions, however, don't get one freebie.
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30-50 years, no accidents, no tickets or other traffic violations. That's a clean record aything else is just dirty.
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My license has been suspended in the past because of not paying tickets on time, but I got it "unsuspended" by paying out the ass in late fees.

No DUIs fortunately, even though I drove over the limit a few times in my life, just dodged the bullet.

I think I have 1 point on my license now, for going 10 over the speed limit in Kentucky on my way back to MI from FL. Usually I drive slow, to save on gas. When I was younger I racked up some points from speeding, etc., but they have all dropped off.
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Never been pulled over.
HOW?
I got pulled over once. It was winter, and about 10:30 pm. I was too lazy to wait for my windshield to defrost enough for me to see out of them, so I just stuck my head out the window and drove home like that. Officer was not amused.
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Old 06-14-07, 06:50 AM   #10
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I got pulled over once. It was winter, and about 10:30 pm. I was too lazy to wait for my windshield to defrost enough for me to see out of them, so I just stuck my head out the window and drove home like that. Officer was not amused.
Common sense, respect for the law, simply following the law, not being an idiot, etc. all definitely do help.
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Well, my NJ license is totally clean now since I have been living out of country for nearly 3 years...
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It's like that F you got on the spelling test back in third grade.

It goes on your PERMANENT RECORD!

Expunging such a stain on your honor is nigh impossible. Don't even try.
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I don't know if other states do this but Oklahoma has a "points" system. Even if you pay the tickets each violation is worth so many points. Parking = 1 up to DUI = 20 and the points fall off after one year. At 20 your license is suspended. In my late teens/early twenties I had my license suspended two or three times on points. I liked to build fast cars and just couldn't keep my foot off of the go pedal.

That was 20+ years ago. I haven't had a ticket in years now.
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Texas has a point system, but it doesn't mean the license is taken, it means that a person pays more a year for their license.

Two points for most minor moving violations. After six points in three years, its $100 a year more to keep a license, and $25 a year for any points after six.
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Texas has a point system, but it doesn't mean the license is taken, it means that a person pays more a year for their license.

Two points for most minor moving violations. After six points in three years, its $100 a year more to keep a license, and $25 a year for any points after six.
ummmm.
I believe Texas suspends licenses when you've used up your points. Texas also suspends licenses for numerous things.
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Old 06-14-07, 09:50 AM   #16
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Texas has a point system, but it doesn't mean the license is taken, it means that a person pays more a year for their license.
It was like that when I was growing up in Saskatchewan, too. Insurance is for the vehicle, not the driver (probably something to do with farming; i.e. several different family members and hired hands driving the same 1973 International grain truck )

If a driver does something stoopid, they get more demerit points, and it costs a mint to renew thier license each year. Too many points and you lose your license.

Here in BC, your driving record affects the vehicle insurance cost. Silly, if you ask me; the Texas/Saskatchewan way makes more sense.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:12 AM   #17
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My car insurance only shows 1 ticket, but I've had more than that over the last few years. I haven't read through to see why that is.

What I'm really asking is what a potential employer means by a "clean" driving record. I would guess that companies would run short on employees if they only hired people who never got any tickets at all. I know that my stepdad drove a truck for a while, but he was forced to go to defensive driving school before.

Is there some sort of standard cutoff for # of tickets or accidents?
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No moving violations,suspensions. or revocations. My record is thus far spotless.
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I believe Texas suspends licenses when you've used up your points. Texas also suspends licenses for numerous things.

And when that doesn't work they execute you.
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Is there some sort of standard cutoff for # of tickets or accidents?
No, there is no standard. Every company decides their own risk tolerance. Companies usually determine this based on what your expected job duties will be. For example, if you're going to be delivering documents once a week in a company vehicle, they'll probably let you get away with more moving violations than if you were going to be driving a school bus full of children every day.
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For example, if you're going to be delivering documents once a week in a company vehicle, they'll probably let you get away with more moving violations than if you were going to be driving a school bus full of children every day.
Apparently, at least here anyway, once you become a school bus driver it's OK to drive like Kurt Bush.
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Common sense, respect for the law, simply following the law, not being an idiot, etc. all definitely do help.
Don't get self-righteous.
Lots of people still get pulled over, for no reason. Last time I got pulled over, the conversation went something like this:

Me: Hi...
Officer: Hi. How are you doing?
Me: Good.
Officer: Can I see your driver's license please?
[I hand it over; officer looks at it, then hands it back]
Officer: So what are you up to tonight?
Me: Just coming home from work. I finished work, and then went to Tim Horton's with some people.
Officer: Who?
Me: Just some friends I work with. So I was just going home.
Officer: Oh, I see.
Me: Have I done anything wrong?
Officer: No.
Me: Oh.
Officer: But we're looking for a car like yours. Driving around this late, just wanted to check it out.
Me: Okay, I was worried I had done something wrong.
Officer: No, you can go.
Me: Thanks. See you later.

That kind of thing has nothing to do with anything except the officer was bored.
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