Careless Driving (NJ Point System) – The state of New Jersey has a point system for careless driving convictions. For every conviction, a driver will receive 2 points on their driving record. Drivers with 12 points on their driving record in a three-year period, or 18 points in a five-year period, are subject to a license suspension of six months or more. The state also considers drivers with eight or more points on their driving record who have been convicted of reckless and drunken driving offenses to be habitual offenders.
The penalties for a first conviction are
fine between $200 and $400,
According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) website, “a person convicted of reckless driving shall be fined not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00). The minimum fine shall be imposed if the speed at which the defendant was traveling when arrested did not exceed twenty-five miles per hour over the posted limit.” Penalties for speeding offenses are dictated by statute Title 39:4-98.29(e). Convictions are considered fourth-degree offenses under section 2C:33-15 of the NJ Criminal Code §2C:33-20.1.(b)(6) of the NJ Code of Criminal Justice.
A second conviction carries
a fine of between $400 and $750, a minimum of 50 hours of community service, six months driver’s license suspension, and possible imprisonment for up to 90 days.
In addition to the penalties listed above (fine, community service), drivers convicted of dangerous driving in violation of N.J.S.A 39:4-96 are subject to fines ranging from $500 to $1,000; required participation in a State-approved driver improvement program; and/or may have their motor vehicle registration suspended for 30 days or more. The court shall order that the defendant be apprehended by a law enforcement officer or another authorized person after 24 hours and that proof of apprehension be presented at the time of sentence. The court shall indicate on the record whether the execution of a motor vehicle suspension will stay pending completion of the program.