Multiple Moving Violations and the Mandatory Operator Retraining Program in Connecticut
In Connecticut, motorists who have a certain number of moving violations or suspensions violations on their driving record may be required to undergo a Mandatory Operator Retraining Program.
IntroductionIn Connecticut, motorists over the age of 24 are required to complete an Operator Retaining Program when he or she has three moving violations or suspension violations specified in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-111g(a) on his or her driving record. While if a driver is under the age of 24, and has two moving violations or suspension violations specified in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-111g(a) on his or her driving record, the motorist will be required to complete an Operator Retraining Program. Additionally, any driver who is convicted of traveling faster than 75 miles per hour in a highway work zone or is a driver of a commercial vehicle and is convicted of traveling faster than 65 miles per hour in a highway work zone, will also have to undergo an Operator Retraining Program. The vendor for the Operator Retraining Program may charge a fee for the program of up to $85.00.
Suspension of Driver's LicenseIf the motorist completes the Operator Retraining Program prior to the effective date of the suspension, the suspension will be removed after the DMV receives confirmation of the class completion from the vendor. Therefore, to avoid suspension, the DMV recommends that drivers schedule and complete the Operator Retraining Program at least two weeks prior to the effective suspension date to allow the vendor to submit the results of the program to the DMV. If the motorist does not complete the Operator Retraining Program until the effective date of suspension or after, the motorist will be required to pay a $175.00 license restoration fee to the DMV.
36 Consecutive Month Probationary PeriodAfter a motorist completes an Operator Retraining Program, he or she must complete 36 consecutive months without having any additional moving violations or suspension violations specified in Connecticut General Statute Section 14-111g(a) added to his or her driving history. If another moving violation is added to a driver’s record, the DMV will suspend the motorist’s license or operating privilege for 30 days for a first violation, 60 days for a second violation, and 90 days for a third or subsequent violation. In order to reinstate a license after suspension, the operator must pay a $175.00 license restoration fee.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund or Community Service Work HoursIn Connecticut, a court may, in the disposition of any criminal or motor vehicle case, including a dismissal or the imposition of a sentence, consider the fact that the defendant made a charitable contribution to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund established under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-215 or a contribution of community service work hours to a private nonprofit charity or other nonprofit organization. Additionally, pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-56h(b), when entering a nolle prosequi, when the prosecutor decides to not prosecute the case, the state’s attorney in charge of the case may consider the fact that the defendant has made a monetary contribution to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund or a contribution of community service work hours to a private charity or nonprofit organization.