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America is a wonderful country to drive in. If you have a valid license in one state, you are free to drive anywhere. However, that does not mean that you do not have to follow the laws of each respective state that you are in. Since Pennsylvania has some traffic laws that are different than other states, you might find yourself getting issued a traffic violation. You might also find yourself with a citation for a law that exists your home state as well. This is equally true if you are a Pennsylvania driver.
If you are issued a ticket outside of the state, you might just hope that your home state will not find out about it. That is why we want to let you know that Pennsylvania is part of an agreement involving 46 states. They share driving information with one another, so chances are good that you will be caught. When you have a ticket to contest out of state, you need a professional lawyer to help you.
What Is the Multi-State Information Exchange?
If you have never heard of this type of information exchange, you will really want to pay attention here. This is a group of 46 states, of which Pennsylvania is a part of, that has formed an agreement referred to as the Driver License Compact. This agreement is designed to help each state access information about certain traffic violations and convictions that have occurred in other member states.
What does this mean for you? It means that receiving a traffic violation in a state that has signed onto the DLC will result in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation being automatically informed of the charge. It will likely be added to your driving record in the state, so this could come back to haunt you at a later date. It can get even more severe. If you commit a violation in another state that results in the suspension of your driver’s license, then Pennsylvania will likely suspend it as well.
Under this agreement, it is important to keep in mind that even minor traffic-related offenses will be reported to the state of Pennsylvania. However, it is not common that they will be added to your established record. The exception to this rule is if you are in possession of a commercial driver’s license.
Why Is All of This Important?
As you may be aware, Pennsylvania operates on a points system when it comes to retaining your driving privileges. If you accumulate too many points, then your license may be eventually suspended. You will also find that your insurance rates will eventually go up if you have too many accumulated points. Since the state of Pennsylvania has the prerogative to add points to your record based on violations in other states, it important to take notice.
It does not matter where you receive a traffic violation if it is within the 46 states that are a part of the multi-state information exchange. Your insurance company will find out about it. When that happens, you might be looking at a rate increase. If your license is suspended in a state other than Pennsylvania, your name will be added to the National Driving Register and any state will be able to access it. The moral of that story is do not drive on a suspended driver’s license, no matter what state you in.
Consult With a Lawyer
Receiving a traffic violation in any state can have ramifications on your driving record. You want to keep that as clean as possible for obvious reasons. You might not be able to fight every ticket you receive out of state because of distance and other practical considerations. That does not mean you want to just leave them be or pay them out of your own pocket. Hand this over to our office and we will fight on your behalf and see what we can do.