Motor Vehicle Points for Common New Jersey Traffic Violations

For most people, the only experience they will have with our criminal justice system is being stopped for a traffic offense.  Unfortunately, traffic tickets are serious matters and should not be taken lightly.  An accumulation of too many points can result in an administrative loss of license.  Once an individual’s driving privileges have been revoked or suspended, he or she is no longer authorized to drive on our roads.  If he or she is caught and found guilty of driving while suspended, the penalties become even graver, potentially impacting not only one’s ability to drive but also, under certain circumstances, one’s liberty.  For general reference, here is a brief summary of motor vehicle points associated with certain traffic offenses.  It is taken from N.J.S.A. 39:5-30.  It is important to note that only motor vehicles points are referenced here.  Points assessed by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission are not the same as insurance eligibility points.

N.J. Statute nOffensePoints

39:4-35

Failure to yield to pedestrian to in crosswalk

2

39:4-41

Driving through safety zone

2

39:4-55

Improper action or omission on grades and curves

2

39:4-57

Failure to observe direction of officer

2

39:4-66

Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk

2

39:4-66.1

Failure to yield to pedestrian or vehicles while entering or leaving highway

2

39:4-66.2

Operating motor vehicle on     public or private property to avoid a traffic control signal or sign

2

39:4-71

Operating motor vehicle on a side walk

2

39:4-80

Failure to obey direction of officer

2

39:4-81

Failure to observe traffic signals

2

39:4-82

Failure to keep right

2

39:4-82.1

Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider

2

39:4-83

Failure to keep right at intersection

2

39:4-84

Failure to pass right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction

5

39:4-85

Improper passing on right or off roadway

4

39:4-85.1

Wrong way on a one – way street

2

39:4-86

Improper passing in no passing zone

4

39:4-87

Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle

2

39:4-88

Failure to observe traffic lanes

2

39:4-89

Tailgating

5

39:4-90

Failure to yield at intersection

2

39:4-90.1

Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highway

2

39:4-91 & 39:4-92

Failure to yield to emergency vehicles

2

39:4-96

Reckless driving

5

39:4-97

Careless driving

2

39:4-97a

Destruction of agricultural or recreational property

2

39:4-97.1

97-1

Slow speed blocking traffic

2

39:4-97.2

Driving in an unsafe manner (points only assessed for the third or subsequent violation(s) when that violation occurs within a five years of the most recent prior offense)

4

39:4-98

Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit

2

Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit

4

Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph over limit

5

39:4-105

Failure to stop for traffic light

2

39:4-115

Improper turn at traffic light

3

39:4-119

Failure to stop at flashing red signal

2

39:4-122

Failure to stop for police whistle

2

39:4-123

Improper right or left turn

3

39:4-124

Improper turn from approved turning course

3

39:4-125

Improper “U” turn

3

39:4-126

Failure to give proper signal

2

39:4-127

Improper backing or turning in street

2

39:4-127.1

Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing

2

39:4-127.2

Improper crossing of bridge

2

39:4-128

Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles

2

39:4-128.1

Improper passing of school bus

5

39:4-128.4

Improper passing of a frozen dessert truck

4

39:4-129

Leaving the Scene of an Accident (No personal injury)

2

With Personal injury

8

39:4-144

Failure to observe “Stop” or “Yield” signs

2

39:5D-4

Moving violation Out-of-State

2