Welcome To CTSI

California Traffic Safety Institute (CTSI) is a non-profit company, which has been providing staffing and other services to the California Superior Courts in the administration of the traffic violation school programs since June 27, 1985.

CTSI operates under the legislative authority of CVC 11205 as amended in September 1991.

Pursuant to AB2499, which was passed in the 2009-2010 legislative session, effective July 1, 2011, traffic violations where a defendant has elected or been ordered to attend a traffic violator school (TVS) will no longer be a dismissal on the driving record. They will now become a confidential conviction.

A confidential conviction will mask the violation from your public record. Insurance companies will not see the confidential conviction.

A traffic violator school conviction will not be masked if:

  • There is a successful TVS completion within the previous 18 months.
  • The conviction is a major (2 point) violation (DUI or Reckless Driving).
  • The driver was operating a commercial vehicle at the time of the violation.
  • A Class A or B licensee operating a non-commercial vehicle (0 points displayed).

Important Traffic School Attendance Information:
A court may refer a driver to traffic violator school at any time. However, California Vehicle Code Section 1808.7 mandates that only one conviction in an eighteen (18) month period be masked from public view on your driving record. The eighteen (18) month period is calculated from citation/violation date, not class attendance date. Courts are required to adjudicate all major (2 point) violations; courts are prohibited from sending drivers who commit major violations to traffic violator schools for the purpose of masking a conviction.

If you need an extension of time, please contact the court which imposed the sentence; CTSI has no authority to grant extensions. You may attend any traffic violator school with a valid license status listed on the DMV’s web-site. When you have completed the course, the school will issue you a receipt and the school will file the completion certificate electronically.

Benefits of Attending Traffic Violator School:
NOTICE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school your automobile insurance may be adversely affected. The citation will also go on your record and reflect the point count that goes along with the violation.

snowy.jpg (21402 bytes)In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday and a predicted wet winter, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is sharing this important message with travelers: drive safely and be prepared for inclement weather at all times.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year with the likelihood of an increased number of vehicle crashes due in part to the influx of drivers on the roads. It also marks the unofficial start the winter driving season in California. Nationally in 2013, more than 300 people were killed in vehicle collisions on Thanksgiving weekend alone. With a bit of foresight and some careful planning, you can help eliminate the stress of typical holiday travel and enjoy this time of year as planned, giving thanks
alongside family and friends.

“Not only are the roads more crowded during the Thanksgiving holiday, but they can
be more dangerous,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “There’s no better time
than now to make sure that your car is in working order and that you are prepared for any
obstacles that you may face in your travels all winter.”

To help travelers stay safe, OTS recommends the following precautions:

  • Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, anti-freeze, heater and lights are
    in top condition. Make sure your tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and the
    treads are in good condition.
  • Visit www.storms.ca.gov ahead of
    any expected heavy storm during this El NiƱo season. Get the latest weather report and
    check quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ for
    current road conditions.
  • Buckle seat belts, everybody, every trip. Wearing a seat belt is the best defense to
    prevent injury and death in a crash. That includes buckling children in properly installed
    child safety or booster seats.
  • Remain alert. Constantly scan the road for brake lights in front of you.
  • Part of being alert is to minimize distractions, like turning off or silencing your cell
  • If it’s raining hard, keep your vehicle in the middle lane, since water tends to
    pool in outside lanes.
  • Turn on your headlights in rainy, foggy or overcast conditions. Use low beams in fog or
  • Do not use cruise control during wet or snowy road conditions. Cruise control can cause
    skidding and loss of tire traction in winter conditions.
  • In rain or snow, first slow down, then increase the following distance between you and
    the car in front. Stopping distances can double in rain, triple in snow.
  • Never drive through running water that could be deeper than the bottom of your vehicle.
  • In the event you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding, remember the following:
    • Do not brake or turn suddenly. Take your foot off the gas until you slow enough to feel
      traction on the road again.
    • Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid and as you recover control, gently
      straighten the wheels.
    • If you need to brake, use a light pumping action. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes,
      then brake normally, because the vehicle’s computer will mimic a pumping action.
  • Carry an emergency kit. Build your own with tips found at www.ots.ca.gov/roadsideemergencykit.asp
  • Finally, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs whether they be
    illicit or prescription. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, always
    designate a sober driver.

By planning ahead and following these tips, you can help ensure that your Thanksgiving
holiday is a safe one. For more winter driving tips, visit www.OTS.ca.gov/OTS_and_Traffic_Safety/Traffic_Safety_Tips/winter_driving_tips.asp