SAN FRANCISCO—Time is running out to take advantage of the 50 percent reduction on qualifying old unpaid traffic infraction tickets. The program ends June 30, 2012.
Superior courts throughout California report that they’ve already resolved thousands of cases and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees and fines.
The program began January 1, 2012. In the first three months, the Superior Court in Fresno County had collected about $92,000, the Tulare Court about $266,000, the Kings Court about $64,000, the Madera Court about $17,000, and the Stanislaus Court generated approximately $194,000 in revenue.
“The amnesty program is a golden opportunity for drivers with old unpaid traffic tickets to clear their records at a reduced amount,” said Margie Borjon-Miller, Administrative Office of the Courts. “And it helps the courts, the state, and local governments to generate revenues that would have otherwise gone uncollected.”
While no specific number will be available until after the program concludes, state finance officials estimate that millions of dollars could be collected. A final report to the legislature on the amnesty program is due this fall.
Parking tickets, DUIs, and reckless driving citations are NOT eligible. Drivers should contact the court in the county where the citation occurred to verify eligibility for the amnesty program.
Note: Friday, June 29th is the last court day of the month. Individuals should check with their local court to learn if their court offers Saturday payment processing.
Alternative Contact: Daisy Yee, 415-865-8929