Hastings & Hastings Considers the Benefits of the Department of Motor Vehicles' Defensive Driving Class

Hastings & Hastings, in an effort to promote safe driving, strongly endorses the Department of Motor Vehicle's defensive driving school. Enrolling in a defensive driving class will allow an individual to dismiss a traffic ticket or minor moving violation, eliminate accumulated points on their driving record, or receive an insurance discount.

Hastings & Hastings notes that there are a number of stipulations that must be considered if individuals wish to enroll in a defensive driving class. First, a traffic ticket cannot be eliminated if the citation was made more than 24 months ago. Second, defensive driving classes may only be used to dismiss one violation. Third, defensive driving classes cannot be used to dismiss a traffic violation that resulted in serious injury or death.

Out of state drivers who receive a traffic citation in Arizona must coordinate with a local defensive driving school if they wish to complete an out of state driving course. That course must be approved of by the Arizona court system. A list of licensed defensive driving schools is available on the Arizona Judicial Branch website, or by clicking here.

Hastings & Hastings advises individuals seeking an insurance discount first to speak with their insurance provider before enrolling in the Department of Motor Vehicles’ defensive driving school. Some insurance providers may not offer the discount, or a driver may not meet other qualifications.

Hastings & Hastings notes, even if a discount is not available, defensive driving school can help drivers stay safe by teaching them the tenants of defensive driving.

Classes typically take four hours, so it is important to plan ahead and set enough time aside. Students will also have to pass a test that accompanies the class.

“Defensive driving school is typically useful for individuals with a decent driving record or a minor traffic violation. Even without these benefits, I would highly recommend taking a defensive driver class. We can always learn to be better drivers,” said David Hastings, founder of Hastings and Hastings.

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