Traffic school options

Red and blue lights flash in the rear view mirror. Frantic fumbling through the glove box, looking for license and registration. The incident ends with a little piece of paper that will end up costing a lot of money.

Receiving a ticket, be it a speeding ticket or some other moving violation, is an unpleasant and costly experience for most.

Luckily there are opportunities to lessen a ticket’s impact on student’s pocketbook, even if the ticket is issued on or around campus.

UVU has been offering traffic school for the past five to six years. Traffic school is offered once or twice a month on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.
There are a few advantages to taking traffic school over just paying the ticket: no points on the driving record, no effect on insurance, and a reduced fine.

Only moving violations are eligible for traffic school. However, there are some moving violation and other tickets that traffic school will not take care of. Any speeding ticket issued for more than 20 mph over the speed limit, tickets issued as a result of an auto accident, fix-it tickets, DUI, and any ticket that requires a mandatory court appearance.

Some other rules to be aware of are that one must go to the Orem court and sign a Plea in Abeyance and pay a $35 fee before signing up for class, sign up for class within three days of paying the fee, and that there is a 90 day window from the time the ticket was issued to complete traffic school.

This information is only good for tickets given by the UVU police. Tickets issued by any other department will have other rules and requirements for attending traffic school.

For more information, contact Detective Kelly Liddiard with the UVU police at (801) 863-5555.

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