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Got Traffic Tickets? Find out about the "Traffic Amnesty Program" put in last October

Mar 04, 2016 11:44PM ● By Paul Spear

Got Traffic Tickets? Find out about the "Traffic Amnesty Program" put in last October

Got Traffic Tickets?

Traffic tickets can be a strain on any person’s wallet, but it can be especially hard on those with less income. Paying these tickets can mean that families fall behind on rent or have less food to put on the table that month. Fortunately, there is a traffic ticket amnesty program that launched in October last year, allowing some people to realize massive reductions in the cost of their tickets.

What Are The Restrictions?

The program applies to anyone with a traffic ticket whose payment was due on or before January 1st, 2013, and who has not made a payment on the ticket since September 30th, 2015.

However, there are a few more rules. First, you must be eligible to have a driver’s license. Second, you must not owe any type of victim restitution or have any outstanding warrants for misdemeanors or felonies. Third, the ticket for which you’re seeking amnesty must not be for parking, reckless driving, or driving under the influence.

What Does The Program Do?

Depending on your income, you will see either a 50% or 80% reduction in the cost of your ticket. Those living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level will get the 80% reduction while others will get a 50% reduction. You can also make your payments in installments.

What Are The Costs?

A program fee of $50 can be instituted by courts, counties, or third-party collection agencies.  Additionally, if you are trying to reinstate your license, you will be charged a $55 reinstatement fee by the DMV.

Where Can I Learn More?

Check out the state courts website for more information:

Getting traffic tickets can be hard on families. I urge my constituents to take advantage of this program to help ease this hardship. 

Information provided by the office of Assembly Speaker Toni G Atkins!

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