IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS WHO ARE SUSPENDED

If you are suspended and need this class to have your suspension lifted, MVA will lift your suspension after official notification from us that you successfully completed this program. We will notify MVA, within 1 business day, of your completion of the in-person final exam. Your suspension will be lifted after the information is received by MVA.” “

Who Is An Aggressive Driver?

  • Any driver who makes drivers around them be worried for their safety or the safety of their passengers

Do you ever complain to yourself or your passengers about other drivers?

Complaining about other drivers establishes a false sense of superiority.  You are the driver whose is better, more experienced and more capable than the drivers around you.  This feeling of being superior can lead a driver to make mistakes and to put drivers around you at risk.

Do you ever get annoyed or angered by other drivers?

If you allow other drivers to annoy or anger you, once again you may be acting as if you are a “better” driver than the drivers around you. That may lead you to putting other drivers at risk. 

Do you ever feel frustrated in congested traffic?

Frustration in congested traffic can lead to reckless and dangerous driving. Reckless driving puts you and the drivers around you at risk. 

Do you ever honk at drivers who upset you?

While it might make you, as a driver, feel better to honk at other drivers when you are frustrated, that is not the purpose of the horn.  A horn was designed to warn other drivers of emergencies.  You are diluting the power of a horn to act as an early warning device when you use it to signal your annoyance or frustration.

Do you ever yell or gesture at other drivers?

Yelling or gesturing at other drivers can lead to road rage and serious confrontations.  The number of fatal road rage crashes have been increasing throughout the country.” “

Aggressive Driving: Aggressive Acts

Do you drive like you are in a hurry, leaving other slower drivers behind?

When you are driving in rush hour traffic, do you hurry to the next light or change lanes excessively?  Many drivers who speed on crowded urban roads frequently end up at the same light as the people they pass. They may gain a car length (or less) advantage.  At the same time, speeding puts drivers all around them at risk. 

Do you ever tailgate slower drivers who refuse to move over?

Tailgating is extremely risky.  The driver in front of you could even accidentally brake and cause you to crash into him/her. Even minor crashes can be expensive and result in citations.  You may also not be able to see what is in front of you.  You may not be able to see a pedestrian or cyclist in front of you.  You may cause an even more serious crash involving a pedestrian or cyclist and serious injury. 

Do you ever break speed limits?

While many people break speed limits, most people do not recognize the significant dangers involved in speeding.  According to a traffic study conducted in Australia, speeding by even minimal amounts increases the risk of a crash.  If you are driving 25 mph and hit a pedestrian, there is an 80% chance that the pedestrian will survive the crash.  If you hit the same pedestrian going 10mph over the speed limit, there is a 50% chance that he/she will survive.

Do you ever go through red lights?

A T-bone collision, where one driver hits another driver broadside, is one of the most dangerous types of collision/crash.  This is the crash that occurs when one driver goes through an intersection when the light is red. 

Frequent Lane Changes

Why are frequent lane changes dangerous?

Every lane change puts a driver at risk from two lanes of traffic.
• Did you check all of your mirrors and your blind spots every time you changed lanes?
• Did you use signals to let driver around you know what you were doing?
• Did you insure there was enough space between vehicles to change lanes?
• If not, your lane change put you, your passengers and the people around you at risk.   

Are the drivers next to you really going faster?

It is more than likely just an illusion according to research from the NHTSA and DOT. 

On urban roads, most lights are timed.  The result of speeding and lane changes may be to just get you to the next light faster and allow you to spend more time idling. 

Did you check your mirrors and around your vehicle before changing lanes?

Every time you change lanes, you should use your turn signal before moving, check your mirrors and conduct a head check to make sure the change is safe.

Every time you change lanes, you increase the likelihood of getting into a crash because you may have failed to check on or more areas around your vehicle. ” “

Does It Matter If My License Is Suspended Or Revoked? 

It is extremely expensive.

You will have to pay fees, fines, higher insurances costs, higher transportation costs, and treatment program costs.

Most of these will have to be paid before you will be allowed to drive again.

It is extremely inconvenient.  

You will have to use public transportation, friends, family members, or taxis to get places.

You will have to take time off from work when you have to go to court or treatment programs or the MDOT MVA.

It is extremely permanent.

Revocations and suspensions  for any drug or alcohol related offenses including refusal to test cannot be expunged from your driving record. 

You may have forever barred yourself from jobs that require even casual driving. 

Very Important: You may not drive when suspended for any reason.  Doing so can lead to far more serious and long-lasting charges

Driving while suspended has two basic charges depending on why the license was suspended:

  1. The first, often called the “H” charge, carries 3 points, up to 60 days in jail, and a $500 fine. This form of driving suspended is often associated with failing to appear in court for a minor traffic ticket or failing to pay for a ticket.
  2. The more serious variety, called a “C” charge, carries up to 12 points, up to a year in jail, and a $1,000 fine. This variety is often associated with points suspensions, child support noncompliance, or mandatory suspensions for drinking and driving related charges. For both the “H” and the “C” charges, the possible fines and possible jail time goes up with each prior offense.

 Both driving with a suspended and driving with a revoked license may result in a driver being arrested. ” “

Does A Suspension Or Revocation Matter? 

A common misconception is: 

If I am revoked or suspended in Maryland, I can just go to another state and get a new license.

FALSE!

Most states participate in an interstate agreement that allows them to share information about your driving record, suspensions, DUI convictions, and revocations. 

THIS MEANS THAT THERE IS ONE DRIVING RECORD WHEREVER YOU GO!

There are several interstate agreements that allow states to share information about a driver’s record.  No driver can ”escape” from suspensions or revocations by securing a driver license in another state.  A driver generally has one record that follows him/her. Points for many traffic offenses are not transferable from one state to another, but information about the convictions will be available.   

 In the case of some serious offenses, a driver will have both the points and the offense on his/her Maryland record. 

 Points for DUI/DWI and crashes that involve fatalities are transferable and will show up on your Maryland driving record. 

 If a driver is suspended in another state for a serious offense, he/she may end up being suspended in Maryland.  ” “

Can My Record Ever Be Clear? 

How do points  get off my record?
• After two years, the points for most offenses will no longer be active on your record.
• The convictions will still be seen on your record by law enforcement and the court system.
• Once you choose to drive safely and continue to drive safely,  your record may be erased.    

Remember certain types of convictions cannot be expunged.

The points go away but the conviction is always on your record.