Traffic Citation Bill Passes

Legislation that would require a person receiving a payable traffic citation to affirmatively request a trial, rather than having one automatically scheduled.  HB 829 and SB 560 will greatly reduce the number of people for whom a trial is scheduled but who do not show up.  This will save counties police overtime costs and keep more police officers “in the field.”  MACo supported the bills.

The bills are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2011 in order to give the courts time to make necessary software changes and print new traffic citations.

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