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Traffic amnesty program underway

UPDATED Monday January 9, 2012

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, all 58 counties in California began offering a 50 percent discount on some old, unpaid traffic tickets in a one-time State amnesty program designed to clear drivers’ traffic tickets at a reduced cost and give the courts some much-needed revenue.  The program will include one-time amnesty and a 50 percent reduction in fines and penalties for all adult and juvenile vehicle code and non-vehicle code infractions, if all of the following is true:

  • The outstanding traffic case was due to be paid in full before January 1, 2009
  • The driver either failed to appear in court or failed to pay the fines and bail in full.
  • The last date any payment was made was on or before January 1, 2009
  • There is no restitution owed to a victim on any case in the county where the traffic case was filed.
  • There is no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants in the county where the case was filed.

Those who have been unable to renew their driver's license due to unpaid tickets may have their driver's license hold or suspension released, although the amnesty program does not eliminate points on a driver’s license.

The Napa County Superior Court is estimating that almost 9,000 outstanding cases will be eligible for this program, representing more than $15 million in uncollected debt. The Amnesty Program will help to resolve older delinquent cases, reduce the amount of old debt, and provide relief to individuals who have found themselves in violation of a court-ordered obligation. The program began on Jan. 1, 2012, and ends June 30, 2012. Napa County residents who think they may qualify for amnesty can call 1-855-OLD TICKET (855-653-8425) for more information. A Napa County Superior Court website, Oldticket.Napacourt.com, will also launch on Jan. 1 to offer amnesty and payment information. A State website about the Amnesty Program, authorized by Assembly Bill 1358, is available now on the California Courts Amnesty Program partner website at www.courts.ca.gov/partners/941.htm.