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Supervisors to consider amnesty for old traffic violations

Posted: January 30, 2012 6:38 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2012 6:38 p.m.

If you've been meaning to pay that traffic ticket you got back in 2008, you may be in luck.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a recommendation to extend the state's one-time infraction amnesty program for motorists charged with certain misdemeanors of the Vehicle Code.

The Optional Amnesty Program would extend amnesty until the end of June.

William T. Fujioka, chief executive officer for the county, is recommending the board approve a memo of understanding outlining terms of the amnesty between the county and the Superior Court of California.

It's hoped the amnesty would allow courts and counties to resolve older delinquent cases so they can focus their "limited resources" on collecting more recent cases.

For one time only, motorists holding old unpaid traffic tickets will be allowed to pay 50 percent of their fine or bail and otherwise escape penalties.

Those qualifying for the amnesty must meet certain requirements, including:

- The due date for payment of the bail or fine was on or before Jan. 1, 2009.

- They do not owe restitution to a victim on any county case.

- They have no other outstanding misdemeanors or felony warrants within the county.

The purpose of the amnesty - according to the language of its umbrella state bill called the Optional Amnesty Program - is to give some relief to motorists unable to pay their traffic tickets who now find themselves in violation of their court-ordered obligations.

Eligible Vehicle Code misdemeanor violations that qualify for the amnesty include:

- unlicensed driver

- driving on a suspended license

- violation of license restriction

- exhibition of speed (speed contest).

Traffic tickets that do not qualify for amnesty include:

- reckless driving

- reckless driving causing bodily injury

- reckless driving enhancement with prior conviction for reckless driving

- driving under the influence

- driving under the influence causing bodily injury

- parking citations.

If the board approves the recommendation, county officials will contract a private firm to collect money owed on the old tickets.




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