Defensive Driving School

Defensive Driving School is offered to give eligible drivers the opportunity to keep points off their motor vehicle record (MVR).  CDL LICENSE HOLDERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.  If you still have questions concerning defensive driving school after reading the options below, please call Coopertown Court Clerk's Office at 615-382-4470, extension 212.

PLEASE NOTE:  Only moving violations are eligible for defensive driving school.  If you have multiple violations on your citation which include non-moving violations such as financial responsibility, registration, driver license, light law, window tint, etc., those violations will need to be addressed either by showing proof or paying the fine for that violation(s).

There are several options for defensive driving school -- attending a local class, attending school in another area, or taking an online class.  Information for those options is listed below.

ONLINE OR DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL IN ANOTHER AREA – The cost due to Coopertown Court is $120.00.  Remember, this does not include any additional non-moving violations that may be on your citation.  You will need to address those violations separately.

Court costs when attending defensive driving school:           $120.00
4-hour online class or school in another area:                       $         ?
(see below; not payable to Coopertown Court)
Total due to Coopertown Court:                                         $120.00

You can choose a 4-hour defensive driving school online or in another area as long as it is approved by the Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS-Approved Defensive Driving Schools)Court costs are due on or before your court date.  You do not have to appear in court if you pay the court costs on or before your court date.  You will then find, pay for, and attend a 4-hour defensive driving school of your choice.  You will be provided a Certificate of Completion when you complete your class.  You MUST provide this certificate to Coopertown Court by the last day of the month your court date falls in.  If you fail to send in the proof of attending the class, the citation will be reported to the state and added to your MVR.

LOCAL TRAFFIC SCHOOL – The cost to attend the local 4-hour defensive driving school is $170.00.  Remember, this does not include any additional non-moving violations that may be on your citation.  You will need to address those violations separately.

Court costs when attending defensive driving school:         $120.00
Local 4-hour defensive driving school:                                 $  50.00
Total due to attend local 4-hour school:                          $170.00

You can attend one of the local 4-hour classes offered in Springfield or Nashville (dates and locations listed below).  Court costs and payment for defensive driving school is due on or before your court date.  You do not have to appear in court if you pay and sign up for defensive driving school on or before your court date.  Coopertown Court will sign you up for the class.  You attend school on the date you chose and the class will inform Coopertown Court of your attendance at class.  The class you attend does not have to be before your court date; however, if you fail to attend your scheduled class, the citation will be reported to the state and added to your MVR.

UPCOMING TRAFFIC SCHOOL DATES:

SPRINGFIELD:  May 23rd and June 6th at Robertson County General Sessions,
531 S. Brown Street, Springfield, TN 37172

NASHVILLE:  June 18th at TN Regional Safety Council, 1838 Elm Hill Pike,
Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37210

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.  Class is from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The defensive driving school is presented by Tennessee Regional Safety Council, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nongovernmental training agency/distributor of the National Safety Council promoting health and safety in the United States of America.

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