Defensive Driving Safety Program

For information please call (828) 448-6133

Do you have a ticket?

You are eligible for the Defensive Driving Program if your citation is for one of the following:

  • City Code Violations
  • Exceeding a safe speed
  • No child restraint
  • Driving left of center
  • Speeding- 15 mph or less over speed limit
  • Leaving vehicle unattended
  • Speed less than minimum
  • Too fast for conditions
  • Crossing median
  • Any equipment violation
  • Failure to stop for RR warning
  • Driving without two headlights
  • Stop sign violation
  • Failing to dim headlights
  • Failing to burn headlamps
  • Unsafe movement
  • Exceeding posted speed limit
  • Failing to reduce speed
  • Improper use of traffic lane
  • Wrong way on one-way road
  • Overloading violations
  • Red light violation
  • Failing to give turn signal
  • Failing to yield right-of-way
 

 

NO Insurance Points and NO Drivers License Points

If you have been charged with a minor violation in the 25th Judicial District, you may elect to have it reduced by the District Attorney, David Learner, by completing a 4-hour defensive driving course! This course is offered through Western Piedmont Community College and the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina to train motorists in the principles of defensive driving. If this course is completed and the information presented to the Clerk of Court’s office for payment, no later than five (5) working days before your scheduled court date, there will be NO Insurance Points, NO Drivers License Points and NO Court Appearance.

 

In order to take advantage of this opportunity you MUST:

  • Have written permission from the DA to take the class if you were speeding more than 15 mph over the speed limit, if you were speeding in a work or school zone, if you were driving over 80 mph, or you have taken the class in the last three years.
  • Register in person on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Hildebrand Hall, WPCC Main Campus [map].
  • Pay $50.00 for the cost of administering and teaching the Defensive Driving Course (cash or money order made payable to Western Piedmont Community College.
  • Complete the four-hour Defensive Driving Course at least five working days before your court date.
  • Enter into a written Plea Agreement and plead guilty to driving with improper equipment.
  • Provide proof of course completion.
  • Pay all applicable court costs and fines (five (5) days before your scheduled court date) to the Clerk of Court in the county in which you received your citation.

 

You are NOT eligible and you CANNOT take advantage of the program if:

  • Your charge is not listed above, OR
  • Your court date has passed, OR
  • You have taken the course in the previous 3 years OR
  • You have paid your citation prior to class, OR
  • You have been convicted of a violation carrying 4 points or more in the past three years, OR
  • You have accumulated 5 points or more in the past 3 yrs

 

If You Have Been Involved In An Accident:

If you are between the ages of 16 and 21, you are required to take the class. The District Attorney requires a letter from your insurance company as well. Please bring this insurance letter with you to register so that all required paperwork is together upon completion of the class.

If you are age 22 or older, you are not required to take the class. Please contact your insurance company for questions regarding how your ticket may affect your insurance premiums.

 

You will need the following to register:

  • Your traffic citation
  • Your drivers license
  • $50.00 cash (please bring correct change) or money order made payable to Western Piedmont Community College. This is a self-supporting class and registration fees are non-refundable.

 

 

Class Location & Times

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Foothills Higher Education Center [map], located at 2128 South Sterling Street in Morganton.

 

 

Upcoming Classes

Here is the schedule for upcoming Defensive Driving classes at WPCC. Please note that registration times for classes are Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday classes meet from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Saturday classes are from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

 

Month Week Day
December 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
November 27, 2016 November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving8:30 am: Defensive Driving Registration

8:30 am: Defensive Driving Registration
November 30, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving6:00 pm: Defensive Driving Class

6:00 pm: Defensive Driving Class
December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving8:00 am: Defensive Driving Class

8:00 am: Defensive Driving Class
December 4, 2016 December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving8:30 am: Defensive Driving Registration

8:30 am: Defensive Driving Registration
December 7, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving6:00 pm: Defensive Driving Class

6:00 pm: Defensive Driving Class
December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016 December 10, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving8:00 am: Defensive Driving Class

8:00 am: Defensive Driving Class
December 11, 2016 December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving8:30 am: Defensive Driving Registration

8:30 am: Defensive Driving Registration
December 14, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving6:00 pm: Defensive Driving Class

6:00 pm: Defensive Driving Class
December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Category: Defensive Driving8:00 am: Defensive Driving Class

8:00 am: Defensive Driving Class
December 18, 2016 December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016

Category: Defensive DrivingN/A: No Defensive Driving Registration

N/A: No Defensive Driving Registration
December 21, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

Category: Defensive DrivingN/A: No Defensive Driving Class

N/A: No Defensive Driving Class
December 22, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)
December 23, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)
December 24, 2016

Category: Defensive DrivingN/A: No Defensive Driving Class

N/A: No Defensive Driving Class
December 25, 2016 December 26, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)
December 27, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

Category: Defensive DrivingN/A: No Defensive Driving Registration

N/A: No Defensive Driving Registration
December 28, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

Category: Defensive DrivingN/A: No Defensive Driving Class

N/A: No Defensive Driving Class
December 29, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)
December 30, 2016

Category: HolidaysN/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)

N/A: Christmas Holidays (WPCC Closed)
December 31, 2016

Category: Defensive DrivingN/A: No Defensive Driving Class

N/A: No Defensive Driving Class