Ask a Trooper

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Question: In your columns, you list how many points go on your license for each violation. Can you explain how points work?

Answer: Alaska's point system is defined under A.S. 28.15.221-261 and is set up to identify habitually reckless or negligent drivers. It states a person's license will be suspended by DMV if they accumulate 12 points in 12 months or 18 points in 24 months.

Contrary to popular belief, the number of points assigned to each violation is set by the Alaska Supreme Court, not DMV. You get 10 points for the serious violations, such as DWI, driving with a revoked license, drag racing, leaving the scene of an accident or eluding a police officer.

Examples of 4 point violations are not stopping for a stop sign or red light, failing to yield, following too closely, etc.

The points for speeding vary from 2 to 6, depending on how far over the speed limit you were going. No points are assigned for parking or equipment offenses.

You also can accumulate good points on your license. For every 12 months you drive without a moving violation, you acquire 1 good point, up to a maximum of 4. If you have accumulated 4 good points and you get a 6-point ticket, your good points cancel out the first 4, and you are only penalized 2 points. You would have to get 10 more in the next year before your license will be suspended.

If you have questions you would like to ask a trooper, send them to Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603 or e-mail them to The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.

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