How Do Driver Retraining Courses Work

There are a variety of ways that someone can have their driver’s license revoked in Massachusetts, and in most, if not all, instances of this revocation, the individual will need to complete an RMV-approved driver retraining course. These courses are intended to educate the driver about how to avoid the behaviors that they were previously penalized for, meaning that the course and the educational content will vary depending on the nature of their punishments.

Regardless of the reason for your license being revoked, working with an experienced lawyer such as Attorney Brian E. Simoneau is an important step towards making sure that you are able to have your driving privileges restored and you are able to get back on the road with the proper education and understanding of how to avoid a similar situation in the future. 

Take a look below to get a better idea of how these courses work, and what you can expect if you need to attend a course yourself in order to get your license reinstated.

What Is a Driver Retraining Course?

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 175 Section 113B requires that certain drivers attend courses intended to correct certain behaviors that they have displayed while driving. These requirements are co-sponsored by the National Safety Council and are meant to improve the safety for all drivers and passengers on roads across the country Depending on the type of infraction that you are guilty of, there are a number of these courses that focus on different behaviors and focus on retraining a driver to avoid falling into these bad habits again. 

Types of Driver Retraining Courses

The following examples of driver retraining courses are just a sample of courses that can be required depending on the nature of your infraction.

State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR)

Road rage is a serious problem in the United States, and when a young person is charged with a significant motor vehicle infraction relating to this dangerous behavior, then they may be required to complete one of these courses. This type, of course, is intended to address reactivity and teach a young driver safe alternatives to this harmful response. This class is required for certain Junior Operator License/permit suspensions.

Driver Attitudinal Retraining

Another series of courses geared towards young drivers, these programs are intended to address common attitude and behavioral problems that inexperienced or youthful operators can fall prey to. If you are required to attend one of these courses, you will need to choose from a list of available locations and courses on the Registry of Motor Vehicle website. These courses are designed to address the most commonly-fatal behaviors by young drivers.

Drug or Alcohol Education and Retraining Programs

If you are arrested and convicted (or reach some sort of alternative deal with the prosecution) for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, then it is likely that you will be required to attend a drug or alcohol education program to learn about some of the common pitfalls of drug and alcohol usage, especially when mixed with operating a vehicle. Substance abuse, especially while driving, is taken very seriously in Massachusetts, and in order to have your license reinstated, you will need to successfully complete one of the approved courses.

Author: Brandon Park