Online Traffic School Still a Surprise to Many Florida Drivers

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Florida drivers have an easy way to avoid points on their drivers' licenses but many don't know.

The State of Florida will issue over 4 million traffic tickets in 2005. Most of the citations are for speeding but they run the gamut from running stop signs to aggressive driving. The good news is that Florida drivers have an easy way to avoid any negative effects from a traffic ticket – online traffic school.

When a driver is issued a traffic ticket in Florida he/she would normally have three choices. They can pay the full fine and accept the points, they can fight it in court, or they can complete a state approved traffic school course. By completing a traffic school class a driver avoids receiving any points and their auto insurance cannot go up. Ten years ago traffic school meant spending one's Saturday in a hotel meeting room with a bunch of strangers. Today a driver can complete it from home.

Traffic School from home has been available for over five years but many drivers are still not aware of it. As a result many drivers pay the full fine and get points on their license. Florida traffic school can be completed either online or on video. The online course is the easiest and least expense approach. The state requires that the course for a ticket, known as basic driver improvement be four hours long. The online class allows drivers to come and go – login and out with their usernames and passwords.

The system saves drivers' time as they progress so they can spread the course out over a day, a week or longer. The only time requirement is that drivers complete the course by the deadline set by the county where the ticket was received.

The Florida Drivers Association provides driver education courses on the Internet and home videos for learner's permits, tickets, accidents and insurance discounts. More than 2 million Florida drivers have taken these courses. Florida Drivers Association courses are approved by the DMV in all 67 counties in Florida.

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