You've all heard it before, but here it is again: Driving is a privilege, not a right. And if you're not careful, you can lose your driver's license.
It's a fairly heft (and inconvenient) punishment. Without a driver's license, you can't legally drive. This means you would be relegated to taking public transportation. In some cities, it could make going to work extremely difficult.
Trust us, you don't want to end up losing your right to drive.
But it can happen depending on some of your actions and your state's laws. Different jurisdictions have different laws and punishments. Many states employ some sort of points-system. You get "points" if you commit certain actions.
These can include:
- Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Driving without insurance
- Reckless driving
Different violations will typically be given different points. And usually if an individual incurs enough points, their license will either be suspended or revoked. If your license is revoked, you may need to wait a certain amount of time before you can re-apply for a driver's license.
Does suspending or revoking a driver's license seem extreme? Some studies have shown that it could save lives. One study showed that there was an estimated 5% reduction of alcohol-related crash fatalities if a drunk driver's license were to be suspended immediately. Keep it safe on the roads and don't tempt the law or risk getting your license revoked.
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