If you are a New Jersey driver, you may wonder about the impact of the traffic ticket you received in another state. Does it affect your New Jersey driving privileges in any way? It depends on the state. In many instances, you can accumulate points and penalties for out-of state traffic tickets.
According to the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, New Jersey participates in two programs that affect New Jersey drivers convicted of traffic violations in other states. One of these is known as the Driver License Compact. With the exception of Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, all states and the District of Columbia participate in this program. It calls for the participants to exchange information regarding moving violations. New Jersey arbitrarily adds two points for each reported out-of-state traffic conviction.
New Jersey also participates in the Nonresident Violator Compact, together with many other states and the District of Columbia. Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin are not members of these programs. The Nonresident Violator Compact cites some protection guidelines for those driving out of their home state. Likewise, it allows member states to demand license suspension when traffic citations are not paid on time.
Red Light and Speed Cameras
As New Jersey does away with its own red light cameras, its legislators are seeking to protect New Jersey motorists travelling out of state. A bill was introduced in July of 2014 regarding this issue. If passed, the law would prohibit the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles from releasing identification information to other states for the purpose of issuing tickets based on red light or speeding cameras.
Graduated Driver’s License
New Jersey is not the only state to require new drivers to follow a graduated driver’s license program. Can a New Jersey motorist with a GDL operate an automobile out-of-state? Possibly. However, the New Jersey GDL rules must be followed out of state. In addition, the GDL license owner will be required to follow the GDL requirements in the state where they take to the road.
Weigh Your Options
If you receive a ticket out of state, your first reaction may be to offer a guilty plea and pay the ticket. However, if you are concerned about accumulating traffic points, you may think otherwise. Our office only represents those who receive traffic tickets in New Jersey. However, should you encounter difficulties with license suspension as a result of the additional points, we will be able to assist you. Please feel free to contact us.