Driving Safety Course
Dismissing the Charge
If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to ask the judge to take a driving safety course to dismiss the charge. Additional guidelines include:
- The request must be made on or before the appearance date on the citation.
- It must be made in person, by email, by counsel, or by certified mail.
- If you are under age 17, you must appear in open court with a parent or guardian to make the request.
- If you were operating a motorcycle, you may be required to take a motorcycle operator's training course.
- If you are charged with allowing a child to ride unsecured in a safety belt or a child passenger safety seat system, you must take a special driving safety course that has four hours training on child passenger safety seat systems.
- You cannot have taken a driving safety course or motorcycle operator's course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months from the date of the current offense.
- You cannot currently be taking the course for another traffic violation.
- You cannot be the holder of a commercial driver's license (CDL) or have held a CDL at the time of the offense
- You must not have not been charged with one of the following offenses:
- Failure to give information at accident scene
- Leaving scene of accident
- Passing a school bus
- A serious traffic violation, which applies to commercial motor vehicle operators
- An offense in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present
- Speeding 25 mph or more over limit
- Speeding 95 mph or more
Failure to Present
If you do not present the required documents in time, the court will notify you to return to court and explain why you failed. The judge may, but is not required to, allow you to file the proper documents or grant an extension to comply at that time. Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a conviction, a fine being assessed, and a capias pro fine for your arrest being issued.