What you need to know about the consequences of being a "repeat traffic offender", after you have already attended Traffic Violator School (aka Traffic School) in the State of California…by Attorney Felicia Woods-Yates on 03/10/15
What you need to know about the consequences of being a "repeat traffic offender", after you have already attended Traffic Violator School (aka Traffic School) in the State of California…
Whether you are a Commercial or Non-Commercial licensee, and you have attended or are about to attend Traffic School, pursuant to a California court's authorization, you need to be aware of the impact of California Assembly Bill 2499 (AB 2499).
What exactly is AB 2499? AB 2499 is a relatively new law, which became effective on July 1, 2011. The law essentially states that the courts and DMV will no longer "Dismiss" a traffic infraction once a driver attends Traffic School. Instead, the law requires that ALL offenses be classified as "Convictions", which will be included on a person's driving history. However, once you successfully complete Traffic School, then your underlying offense (such as Speeding in Excess of the Posted Limit) will be "Masked" on your motor vehicle record, and you will avoid Negligent Operator Points.
This is where it gets interesting!! If you are issued another traffic citation within Eighteen (18) months of the most recent prior traffic citation you received (for which you attended Traffic School), then all bets are off. The prior conviction which was masked, will become "unmasked", negligent operator points will be added onto your motor vehicle record, and your insurance company will be notified (according to the DMV's press release) with respect to BOTH the prior traffic violation and the current traffic violation! So, the moral of the story is do your best NOT to re-offend within 18 months of a prior traffic ticket, because unlike before AB 2499, your prior offenses will no longer be dismissed by the courts once you complete Traffic Violator School.
As always, you still may not attend Traffic School for a major traffic conviction (DUI or Reckless Driving, for example), or if you are a CDL holder and were operating a commercial vehicle at the time you were issued your traffic ticket.
Since everyone's traffic incident is unique to that individual and the specific circumstances, you should consult with a competent defense attorney to determine your best course of action. Felicia Yates has been practicing law for over 30 years in California and can be reached at (760) 326-5297, and found at Law Offices of Felicia Yates & Associates.