Louisiana drivers may be required or choose to take a defensive driving program or a driver improvement course. Mandatory programs may be required in order to dismiss a traffic ticket, avoid a driver's license suspension or satisfy a court requirement. Voluntary programs may be taken to lower auto insurance rates, avoid rate increases, or simply learn how to be a safer driver.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) and your traffic court determine your eligibility for using a defensive driving program to dismiss tickets or avoid driver's license suspension. Decisions will generally depend on what kind of traffic offense was committed, whether you have other points on your driving record, and the last time you completed a defensive driving program.
If eligible, you should receive information about the deadline for finishing your program, which Louisiana traffic school course you must take, and additional fees or documents required.
If major offenses are committed or you have too many minor traffic violations, you risk a driver's license suspension. More information can be found on the Louisiana OMV site. See the suspended license page and the driving records page.
Some drivers may be eligible to reduce auto insurance premiums or avoid rate increases by enrolling in defensive driving courses. This often is the case for teenagers and senior citizens, but some carriers offer programs for all drivers as well. Contact your insurance provider for more information. Different rules may apply to getting a SR22 insurance Louisiana policy.
Defensive driving programs can help everyone improve their skills. For a task like driving that is done sometimes on a daily basis, investing some time in a course can be worthwhile. Take the opportunity to brush up on safety rules, review traffic regulations, or learn new defensive driving techniques. You may reduce your chance of having an accident or receiving a ticket in the future.
Both online and classroom traffic school classes will cover many topic areas including Louisiana traffic laws, safe driving habits, responsible driving attitudes and behaviors, information on alcohol and drug abuse and violations, and minor and major traffic offenses. Participants will learn how to share the road with other motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.
Classes generally last anywhere from four to 12 hours, depending on the reasons for taking the course. Although final exams are usually given, students can often take them more than one time. Once you pass, a completion certificate will be sent to you. Depending on the reason for enrolling in the class, you may need to share a copy of this certificate with the Louisiana OMV, your traffic court, or your car insurance company.a