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Introduced Version Senate Bill 242 History

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Senate Bill No. 242

(By Senators White, Kessler, Stollings and Hunter)

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[Introduced January 17, 2008; referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §17B-3-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to a safe driving course that allows persons with twelve or less points on their license to receive a three-point deduction in points and not have their license suspended pending completion of the course.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17B-3-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. CANCELLATION, SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF LICENSES.

§17B-3-6. Authority of division to suspend or revoke license; hearing.
(a) The division is hereby authorized to suspend the driver's license of any person without preliminary hearing upon a showing by its records or other sufficient evidence that the licensee:
(1) Has committed an offense for which mandatory revocation of a driver's license is required upon conviction;
(2) Has by reckless or unlawful operation of a motor vehicle, caused or contributed to an accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another or property damage;
(3) Has been convicted with such frequency of serious offenses against traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles as to indicate a disrespect for traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of other persons on the highways;
(4) Is an habitually reckless or negligent driver of a motor vehicle;
(5) Is incompetent to drive a motor vehicle;
(6) Has committed an offense in another state which if committed in this state would be a ground for suspension or revocation;
(7) Has failed to pay or has defaulted on a plan for the payment of all costs, fines, forfeitures or penalties imposed by a magistrate court or municipal court within ninety days, as required by section two-a, article three, chapter fifty or section two-a, article ten, chapter eight of this code;
(8) Has failed to appear or otherwise respond before a magistrate court or municipal court when charged with a motor vehicle violation as defined in section three-a of this article;
(9) Is under the age of eighteen and has withdrawn either voluntarily or involuntarily from a secondary school, as provided in section eleven, article eight, chapter eighteen of this code; or
(10) Has failed to pay overdue child support or comply with subpoenas or warrants relating to paternity or child support proceedings, if a circuit court has ordered the suspension of the license as provided in article five-a, chapter forty-eight-a of this code and the child support enforcement division has forwarded to the division a copy of the court order suspending the license, or has forwarded its certification that the licensee has failed to comply with a new or modified order that stayed the suspension and provided for the payment of current support and any arrearage due.
(b) The driver's license of any person having his or her license suspended shall be reinstated if:
(1) The license was suspended under the provisions of subdivision (7), subsection (a) of this section and the payment of costs, fines, forfeitures or penalties imposed by the applicable court has been made;
(2) The license was suspended under the provisions of subdivision (8), subsection (a) of this section, and the person having his or her license suspended has appeared in court and has prevailed against the motor vehicle violations charged; or
(3) The license was suspended under the provisions of subdivision (10), subsection (a) of this section, and the division has received a court order restoring the license or a certification by the child support enforcement division that the licensee is complying with the original support order or a new or modified order that provides for the payment of current support and any arrearage due.
(c) Any reinstatement of a license under subdivision (1), (2) or (3), subsection (b) of this section shall be subject to a reinstatement fee designated in section nine of this article.
(d) Upon suspending the driver's license of any person as hereinbefore in this section authorized, the division shall immediately notify the licensee in writing, sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address given by the licensee in applying for license, and upon his or her request shall afford him or her an opportunity for a hearing as early as practical within not to exceed twenty days after receipt of such request in the county wherein the licensee resides unless the division and the licensee agree that such hearing may be held in some other county. Upon such hearing the commissioner or his or her duly authorized agent may administer oaths and may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers and may require a reexamination of the licensee. Upon such hearing the division shall either rescind its order of suspension or, good cause appearing therefor, may extend the suspension of such license or revoke such license. The provisions of this subsection (d) providing for notice and hearing are not applicable to a suspension under subdivision (10), subsection (a) of this section.
(e) The division may deduct three points from the licenses of drivers who complete an approved defensive driving course, so long as the licensee does not have more than twelve points against his or her license, does not have outstanding violations that would raise the total above twelve points or has not taken the course within the last two years. Licensees enrolled in the course who face a possible suspension of ones licenses for excessive points may keep his or her license pending the successful completion of the defensive driving course.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow licensees with twelve or less points on their license to take a defensive driving course for a three point reduction in total points and to delay suspension of those licensees registered in the course pending successful completion.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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