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    Anyone with any experience on how the Iowa DOT points system works? I have had the following moving violations in the last 12 months:

    Running a Stop Sign (September 13)
    12 over in 70 mph zone (March 14)
    10 over in 45 mph zone (July 14)

    Am I going to lose my license here? Obviously I really need to get my driving under control but will I be suspended or forced to take driving class??

    Thanks in Advance.


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    I believe u can take a class to keep your license, unless things have changed.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    My experience is 3 speeding tickets in the rolling 12 will cause you to lose your license.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUME View Post
    My experience is 3 speeding tickets in the rolling 12 will cause you to lose your license.
    I think it is 3 moving violations. I could be wrong though.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    In looking on Iowa.gov I believe the first two speed violations in a 35-55 zone at 10 mph over or less are not countable moving violations. Suspension starts at 3 countable moving violations. Am I reading this right??

    http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/dip.htm



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nb06 View Post
    In looking on Iowa.gov I believe the first two speed violations in a 35-55 zone at 10 mph over or less are not countable moving violations. Suspension starts at 3 countable moving violations. Am I reading this right??

    http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/dip.htm
    One was 12 over. He has two offenses. He shouild see if he can take a class at this point. He has a few months to go.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    Not the same state, but in Indiana I had three moving violations in one year and had to take a defensive driving class to not lose my license. I'd assume Iowa law is somewhat similar.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nb06 View Post
    Anyone with any experience on how the Iowa DOT points system works? I have had the following moving violations in the last 12 months:

    Running a Stop Sign (September 13)
    12 over in 70 mph zone (March 14)
    10 over in 45 mph zone (July 14)

    Am I going to lose my license here? Obviously I really need to get my driving under control but will I be suspended or forced to take driving class??

    Thanks in Advance.
    Not sure about the stop sign but I got three speeding tickets in a 12 month period in 02-03 when I lived in Ames and I had to go to DMACC in Ankeny and take a traffic course and then was on probation for 12 months where I couldn't get a ticket. It was a pain in the butt and the course was a couple hundred bucks but I kept my license.


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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    Just a question... Did you contest the tickets? Take the court date. In my experience, the cops appears about half the time. When they don't, the charges are dismissed. I have contested 5 tickets (not really contested 5, just took my court appearance), the officer only showed up twice.

    Just something to think about in the future.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    I'm hoping the latest ticket will not send me to driving school and probation. But if it does it's better than losing my DL all together.

    If I take my court appearance and the officer shows up, what do I do then? Plead guilty and pay the fine?



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    Just a question... Did you contest the tickets? Take the court date. In my experience, the cops appears about half the time. When they don't, the charges are dismissed. I have contested 5 tickets (not really contested 5, just took my court appearance), the officer only showed up twice.

    Just something to think about in the future.
    When was the last time you tried this? I'm just curious because I know somebody who tried it recently, and now they have a "preliminary hearing" which is where you plead not guilty and the officer didn't have to be there. Then they set a real court date so the officer knew he had to come.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    When was the last time you tried this? I'm just curious because I know somebody who tried it recently, and now they have a "preliminary hearing" which is where you plead not guilty and the officer didn't have to be there. Then they set a real court date so the officer knew he had to come.
    It has been a few years but there was a preliminary date, followed by the actual court date. The cops know the date but that doesn't mean they will appear. In fact, a friend of mine is a cop in a small town and he never appears. The town doesn't want to pay for either him or the town's attorney to appear. They just figured they would get what they could, knowing most will not fight it.

    Him telling me that is what prompted me to start fighting them.



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    Re: Speeding Ticket Questions

    You'll get a DMV letter in the mail that'll give you options. The first will be a driving class, which is (from my experience) pretty well done. One kid in my class got a ticket for going 5mph over the 45 limit, to which we all gasped, until we found out it was in reverse. The only key is to slow down from now on, and I strongly recommend a radar detector.


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    It's been 11 years since I last lost my license, but twice it happened due to being a habitual violator. Three moving violations in a 12 month time span= suspension. I never took the classes. I just waited out the 60-90 days or however long it was. First speeding ticket was on my bicycle. Yep, that counts as a moving violation. After you get your license back, welcome to SR-22.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCyclones View Post
    You'll get a DMV letter in the mail that'll give you options. The first will be a driving class, which is (from my experience) pretty well done. One kid in my class got a ticket for going 5mph over the 45 limit, to which we all gasped, until we found out it was in reverse. The only key is to slow down from now on, and I strongly recommend a radar detector.
    Not to derail but do those radar detectors work? I am thinking about getting one with my 24 hour drive coming up next month.



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