Driver Improvement Program
of traffic school is either done by court order or choice of
the traffic violator. The intention is usually to avoid a traffic
citation/infraction from appearing on a motor vehicle operator's
official driving record.
The State of Oregon's Driver Improvement Program is designed
to help the driver before a serious driving problem develops.
Department of Motor Vehicles uses a computer to keep records
of all licensed drivers in the state. If two or three traffic
tickets or accidents are accumulated on your driving record,
the computer alerts the DMV that there may be a problem. At
that critical point, whether or not your license is suspended
or revoked depends on how you drive and how many more tickets
and/or accidents are added to your record.
driver improvement program has four steps or courses of
potential action. The worse your driving record is, the
more drastic the action against your drivers license.
The DMV has the option of skipping any of these steps.
Steps are in order:
1. An Advisory letter. The first step is a letter sent
to you if you have least two tickets or accidents added
to your driving record within a 12-month period. If no
more tickets or accidents are added to your record within
the next year, no more action will be taken other than
A Warning letter is the next step and it spells out what is
in store for you if more tickets or accidents are added to your
record. A warning letter is normally sent if you receive one
ticket or accident within 6 months of the Advisory Letter; or
two tickets/and or accidents within 12 months of the Advisory
Letter; or three tickets and/or accidents within any 18-month
A Probationary status on your license goes into effect if more
tickets or accidents are added to you record. Probation is in
effect if you receive one ticket or accident within 6 months
of the warning letter; or two tickets and/or accidents within
12 months of the warning letter; or four or more tickets and/or
accidents occurring within any 18 month period.
A License Suspension. During the one-year probation period,
there will be a 30-day suspension for each ticket and each accident,
even if the ticket or accident report is received after the
end of the probationary period.
Attendance of traffic school will help avoid these negative
driver license actions. Successful completion of the course
will keep the violation you are attending the traffic
school for from reaching your official driving record.