Points System [Traffic] Law and Legal Definition

Points system is a system in criminal law that assigns incremental points or units to traffic violations. The units get added for each road traffic offense. The accumulation of a certain number of points over a year results in the automatic suspension of a person’s driving privileges.

The primary purpose of such point systems is to identify and deter repeat offenders of traffic laws, whilst also streamlining the legal process. Germany was the first country worldwide that introduced a demerit point system. Germany implemented this system in 1974.