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Driver's Safety Course
Taking a Driver's Safety Course (Defensive Driving) is a method to keep a citation off of your driving record. Upon the timely completion of an approved driver’s safety course and the return of the Certificate of Completion and a current copy of your driving record (obtained from the Texas Department of Public Safety) to the court, the court dismisses your citation.

To Be Eligible for a Driver's Safety Course
  • You must enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest.”
  • You must not have taken a course for ticket dismissal within the 12 months preceding the date of your citation.
  • You must make the request either in writing or by appearing in person at Big Sandy Municipal Court on or before the court date and time listed on your citation. 

  • You must provide the court with a color copy of your current Texas Driver’s License.
  • You must pay the court costs of $99.00 plus a $10 dismissal fee in full at the time the judge approves your request. There are no extensions or payment plans for this payment.
  • You must provide the court with a copy of a valid automobile liability insurance with your name on the policy.

You are Not Eligible for a Driver's Safety Course if:
  • If you have a commercial driver’s license
  • If you have an out-of-state driver’s license
  • You are accused of
    • speeding 25 miles per hour or more than the posted speed limit or
    • speeding in a construction zone or
    • speeding in a school zone or
    • passing a school bus while loading or unloading children
 
After Determining Your Eligibility
If you determine that you are eligible for a Driver's Safety Course, you must:   
  • Make a timely request to the court for a Driver's Safety Course (on or before your court date)
  • Pay the court costs plus all applicable fees in full at the time of your request. The court will then sign an order allowing you to complete Defensive Driving.
  • You will have 90 days from the date of the court’s order to complete your course. Present satisfactory proof of all the above requirements (driver’s license and insurance)

 

If you do not complete the course within 90 days, you will be deemed to have failed the course.

 

If you do not turn in your Defensive Driving Certificate of Completion and your Driving Record to the court within 90 days, you will be deemed to have failed the course and will have to pay the balance of your citation along with an additional $25 fine and the citation will go on your record.

Advice

  • It is advisable to make a copy of the certificate and driving record for your files.
  • You can locate a Texas approved Driver's Safety Course online.

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