If you get a ticket in California, you can go to traffic school for 8 hours and get the ticket dismissed from your record, thereby avoiding the insurance consequences, and not accrue any points on your driving record towards losing your license.
The California Vehicle Code (CVC) provides that if you have attended an 8 hour class in the past 12 months (from your violation date), you CAN go back to traffic school for 12 HOURS, at the discretion of a judge (not to be confused with the automatic 18 months non eligibility the court of your last traffic school says it allows...forget that! You can ask anyway.). You must make an appearance in court and NICELY, and POLITELY ask the judge if he/she would consider allowing the following since the CVC gives them discretion to permit you to go. REMEMBER...you get more with HONEY than with VINEGAR (as my mother used to say):
(b) If the offense is not alleged to have occurred within 12 months of another offense which was dismissed under this section, the court may order the continuance and, after the attendance, dismiss the complaint if the attendance is at any of the types of schools or programs that the court directed pursuant to Section 42005 at the time of ordering the continuance.
which means your case was dismissed by traffic school. Can an insurance company raise you because they know you went to traffic school? NOPE. Can a FUTURE insurance company penalize you for knowing this? YEP. But it's still a good idea to go and keep the points off your record towards losing your license.
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