Defensive Driving Courses in New York
In New York, defensive driving courses, or traffic school, is referred to as a point and insurance reduction program (PIRP). This comprehensive driver safety course provides you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a safe and lawful driver.
By successfully completing a PIRP, you can remove up to 4 points from your New York driving record.
New York Defensive Driving Course Providers
In the state of New York, you can take a defensive driving course from an approved classroom provider. Your classroom course must be lead by a certified instructor and you will need to attend in person for the entire duration of the course (320 minutes of instruction).
Tribune Training Academy is an approved training provider by NYS DMV for in-class Defensive Driver Training.
New York Defensive Driving Course Details
Upon successful completion of an approved defensive driving course/traffic school in New York:
The completion of a defensive driving course/accident prevention course will not:
When you successfully pass your defensive driving course, your course provider will mail you a completion certificate:
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace and the cost of a single accident could easily exceed $1.4 million. A defensive driver safety program can reduce risk and keep people safer on the road.
Nobody knows driver safety training like the people who pioneered it more than 50 years ago. The National Safety Council created the first defensive driving course in 1964 and has been the leader in driver safety training ever since.
At Tribune Training Academy, our defensive driver training courses are delievered through The National Safety Counsicil Certified Instructors, who are experianced with over 10 years in the safety industry.
NSC Driver Training provides:
Duration of the training:
The duration of your defensive driving course will last 6 hours.
Why might I need/want to take a defensive driving course?
While the allowable reasons are state-dependent, these courses can be taken for the following:
Do I have to go to a specific school to take a course?
It depends on what your state allows, but many states have approved online defensive driving courses as viable alternatives to the traditional classroom course. Sometimes, it also depends on the type of violation you committed, or whether you're taking a course voluntarily to earn a discount on your insurance. Check with your court or insurance provider to see what's acceptable for your circumstances.
Can I take a defensive driving course if I have a commercial driver's license?
For most states the answer is no. There are some states that will allow you to take a defensive driving course if you hold a CDL but you were not operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of your violation. It is best to check with your licensing agency or the agency in which you received a violation.
What are the requirements for taking defensive driving?
While these do vary from state to state, the basic requirements for taking a defensive driving course include the following:
Does taking a defensive driving course remove a ticket from my driving record?
It completely depends on your state and your court. Generally, the answer is no.
A defensive driving course will TYPICALLY offset points from your public driving record, in the form of a reduction or a credit (again, this is highly state- and court-dependent), rather than remove the violation from your record completely.
How many times can I take a defensive driving course?
Like everything else, this is state dependent. Below are a few examples of state limits on defensive driving courses:
If I take defensive driving, do I still have to pay my ticket?
Most likely, yes. But in some cases, the court may reduce your fines if you agree to take a defensive driving course.
Can I take defensive driving to remove a ticket for driving under the influence?
No. Drivers who receive tickets for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence cannot take a defensive driving course to points from their driving record. In some states, drivers who have received a DWI or DUI may be required to take a course specifically designed for these offenses. These are not considered defensive driving courses. Visit your state's motor vehicle department website for more information on DWI or DUI infractions.
How will I know if I'm eligible to take a defensive driving course?
Usually, your appropriate state department will send you a notice in the mail letting you know you qualify for a defensive driving course, but you can also call your court or DMV and ask.