California traffic amnesty program to begin Thursday

By Adam Randall, Willits News

Drivers with unpaid traffic tickets originally due on or before Jan. 1, 2013 may qualify for a reduction in fees under the new 18-month amnesty program mandated by the governor that begins today and ends on March 31, 2017. For some, the program may also result in the reinstatement of their California driver’s license.

The purpose of the program, according to the California Judicial Council, is to “provide relief to individuals who have found themselves in default of a court-ordered obligation because of unpaid bail or fines for traffic and non-traffic violations.”

Excluded from the program, according to the Judicial Council, are those who owe victim restitution, have outstanding misdemeanor or felony arrest warrants, parking and other local ordinance violations, driving under the influence and reckless driving violations.

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