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Welcome to Vermont! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Vermont. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Points are put on your driving record each time you are found guilty of breaking a motor vehicle law.
For example, you are given points for the following offenses:
|Speeding||2 - 8 points depending on your speed over the speed limit|
|Texting while driving||2 - 5 points|
|Driving without a license||2 points|
|Failure to stop for a stop sign or red light||2 points|
|Failure to obey a police officer||4 points|
|Failure to yield the right of way to an ambulance, fire truck, police officer||5 points|
|Failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk||4 points|
|Failure to stop for a school bus that has stopped with the red warning lights flashing||5 points|
When a driver receives a total of 10 points, a letter will be sent notifying the driver that his/her privilege to drive is to be suspended. A hearing may be requested to verify the convictions and the number of points accrued. The number of points received within 2 years will determine how long your driving privilege will be suspended. The more points received - the longer the period of suspension. Points are not assessed for parking or defective equipment violations.
When driving a motor vehicle at night, you should promptly dim your headlights when meeting or following another vehicle.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Vermont does not have a state law governing red light fines or the use of traffic cameras for red light enforcement.
Speeding violations are subject to two times the original fine, whether or not workers are present.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted.
You are required to pass at a safe distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.