Traffic Violation Laws in West Virginia

Traffic violation laws in West Virginia stipulate that points will be assigned for traffic violations, and too many points can imperil your driving privilege.

The Point System in West Virginia

Driving infractions are recorded on your driving record according to the DMV Point System. This gives the state a way of controlling unsafe and reckless drivers. Your driver's privilege can actually be suspended once you have accumulated a certain number of points. Some traffic law violations go beyond just earning you a ticket and points and can cause suspension or even possibly mandatory revocation of your driving privilege.

Moving Violations and Non-Moving Violations in West Virginia

In the state of West Virginia, moving violations include those traffic infractions that occur when a vehicle is in motion; contrarily, non-moving violations include traffic infractions that occur when a vehicle is not in motion. Typically, moving violations result in more severe penalties in West Virginia, and non-moving violations are unlikely to result in points against your driving record.

Examples of Traffic Violations in West Virginia

Traffic violation law in West Virginia's moving violations include driving too fast or too slow, ignoring or failing to notice road signs and changes in traffic lights, not using your turn signals or failing to notice another driver's turn signals, driving too close to other vehicles, and failing to correctly pass or attempting to prevent another driver from passing you.

Examples of non-moving violations in the state of West Virginia include illegal modifications to your vehicle and many parking violations, notably, parking in front of a fire hydrant, parking in a no-parking zone, and parking in front of an expired meter.

How West Virginia's Point System Works?

Points are added to your driving record in West Virginia in varying amounts according to the severity of your violation of West Virginia traffic laws.

Some examples of two point infractions include improper turning or backing, improper signal or failure to signal, following another vehicle too closely, having more than three passengers in the front sea and speeding five to nine mph above posted limit.

Three point infractions include failure to maintain control of your vehicle, failure to yield or obey traffic lights and/or stop signs, failure to follow an officer's instructions, failure to observe a safety zone, passing violations, littering, and hazardous driving (for example, driving in the wrong direction on a one way street and driving too fast for conditions), all improper lane violations and speeding 10 to 14 mph above posted limit.

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