Purpose:

The Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program is designed to identify problem drivers, to change the problem driver’s behavior by providing information and training opportunities and, if necessary, to progressively impose sanctions as more convictions/points are accumulated on individuals driving record. This program is governed by Division Policy Regulation #45. The goal of the program is crash prevention. The steps in the program are geared to the seriousness of the driving record and may result in an advisory letter, mandatory suspension, and/or completion of a behavioral modification/attitudinal-driving course. A reinstatement fee of $25.00 must be paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles in order to reinstate the license.

Delaware Point System

Violation Description Points
Speeding 1 – 9 miles per hour (MPH) over posted limit 2
Speeding 10 – 14 MPH over posted limit 4
Speeding 15 – 19 MPH over posted limit 5
Speeding 20 MPH or more over posted limit

*(May result in additional actions including suspension)

5*
Passing a Stopped School Bus   6
Reckless Driving   6
Aggressive Driving   6
Disregarding Stop Sign or Red Light   3
Other Moving Violations (contained in Chapters 27,41,42 of Title 21)   2

Calculated Points

Calculated points are credited at full point value for the first 12 months from the date of violation. After the initial 12 months have expired, the calculated points will be credited at one-half point value for the next 12 months. All actions are based upon total calculated points with­in a 24-month period following the offense.

Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program Actions:


Calculated Points Action Item
8 The Division of Motor Vehicles sends the driver an advisory letter.
12 Driver must complete a behavior modification/attitudinal-driving course within 90 days after notification (unless extended by DMV). Failure to comply or upon preference of the driver, mandatory 2-month suspension will be imposed.
14 Mandatory 4-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavior modification/attitudinal driving course within the previous 2 years.
16 Mandatory 6-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavioral modification/attitudinal-driving course within the previous 2 years.
18 Mandatory 8-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavior modification/attitudinal driving course within the previous 2 years.
20 Mandatory 10-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, he driver must complete or have completed a behavior modification/attitudinal driving course within the previous 2 years.
22 Mandatory 12-month license suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavior modification/attitudinal driving course within the previous 2 years.

Point Credit

A speeding violation of 1 to 14 mph over the posted speed limit may not be assessed points, IF (a) it is the first violation within any three (3) year period and (b) the ticket is paid through the Voluntary Assessment Center.

A Delaware driver can receive a 3-point credit by taking a defensive driving course. This credit is applied to a driver's point total with the satisfactory completion of an approved defensive driving course. Defensive driving courses are valid for three (3) years.

Serious Speeding Violations

  1. Advisory letter sent to the driver when convicted for speeding 20-24 MPH over the posted speed limit
  2. The driver will be suspended for one (1) month when convicted of driving 25 MPH over the posted speed limit. The length of suspension will increase by one month for each additional 5 MPH over the initial 25-MPH threshold. The driver may elect to attend the behavior modification/attitudinal-driving course in lieu of license suspension when driving 25-29 MPH over the posted limit. For speeding 30 MPH over the posted limit or more, the suspension is mandatory.
  3. One-year suspension when convicted of driving 50 MPH or more over the posted speed limit or driving 100 MPH on a highway.