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cop writing ticketEnjoy long distance road trips? Are you planning a vacation in another state? Then you should know that you have pay attention when it comes to following speed limits that can change with every state you pass through. Every state has its own regulations and when you spend a lot of time traveling the highways, you can easily forget about speed limit changes after you cross state lines. Besides the headache of possibly dealing with a long distance court appearance, if convicted of a driving violation in another state, you can expect that the information will make it back to your home state and eventually onto your driving record.

Since the early 1960s, states began joining the Driver License Compact. This compact is the result of a resolution enacted by Congress around that same time. Currently each state except Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin are members. The basic concept of the compact is “one driver, one license, one record.” Prior to a state joining the compact, the home state record and driving privileges of people with out-of-state driving convictions were not affected by those convictions. It was possible for a person with an out-of-state traffic violation conviction, and any resulting suspended driving privileges, to continue driving in every other state but the state that imposed the conviction because the license was not suspended in the driver's home state.

Member states of the compact agree to abide by a number of conditions, but basically there are three ways it affects drivers living those states.
  • Member states report all of a driver's out-of-state traffic violation convictions to the driver's home state. The report includes other related information, such as a driver's claim of innocence.

  • Home state penalties associated with out-of-state driving convictions follow home state laws. As an example, suppose that the two states involved require different lengths of license suspension for a particular type of conviction, in that case the length specified in the driver's home state will apply.

  • Anyone with a suspended or revoked license in a member state is not eligible for a license in another member state until the suspension has ended or until permitted by law. Before receiving a driver license in a member state, an applicant must first surrender any active out-of-state license they have.
If you're planning to drive across country, take the  time to look over the list of state by state speeding regulations published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Knowing the speeding limits before you drive through another state will help you avoid careless violations that can affect your driving record and may eventually lead to an increase in your auto insurance premiums.

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