Thursday, June 6, 2013

How To Lose Your Driver's License

Ever wonder what you had to do to lose your driver's license back in 1966? You've come to the right place. The answers can be found in the pamphlet "This Is The New Pennsylvania Point System For Driving Violations" issued by the PA Dept. of Revenue's Bureau of Traffic Safety.

You could receive a mandatory suspension for committing one of the following crimes: using a motor vehicle for the commission of a felony, driving under the influence of alcohol or driving with a suspended license.  

But there were many other ways to have your driving privileges revoked. Here's how it worked. Violations were assigned points based on the severity of the offense and the number of offenses. For example, after you amassed eleven points or more, you would lose your license for 60 days for the first offense; 90 days for the second one, and 120 days to one year for each subsequent violation.

Here's a breakdown of some of the points:
Reckless driving...5 points
Driving too fast for conditions...5 points
Driving through a stop sign...5 points
Driving through a traffic light...5 points
Exceeding speed limit in a school zone...5 points
Passing a school bus- loading or unloading...6 points
Driving 11 to 15 miles over the speed limit...6 points
Improper passing on a curve...6 points
Driving 16 to 20 miles over the speed limit...6 points and 15 day suspension
Driving 21 to 29 miles over the speed limit...6 points and 30 day suspension
Driving 30 miles and over the speed limit...6 points and 60 day suspension
Driving through Wesleyville...priceless (Just kidding!!!)

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