Traffic ticket amnesty program set to expire
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Unpaid traffic tickets can be daunting, particularly when they are several years old.

But local residents still have time to get those tickets reduced by up to 50 percent under a state amnesty program.

“I’m pleased to know that our residents have used this opportunity to clear up delinquent cases, clear their record with DMV, and possibly regain lost driving privileges,” Michael Tozzi, Court Executive Officer of the Stanislaus Superior Court, stated in a news release regarding the program.

Leanne Kozak, spokeswoman for the Judicial County of California, said there are no plans to extend the amnesty program, so residents who want to take advantage of the reduced fines should do so now.

The program could help people who cannot renew their driver’s license because of unpaid tickets or who have a hold or suspension on their licenses, according to court officials.

While no parking tickets, no driving under the influence citations or citations for reckless driving are eligible for the amnesty program, tickets related to other vehicle code violations will qualify.

While there is no information available for revenues taken in by the state, Stanislaus County had handled 840 cases and collected $304,908 through the program as of Tuesday, June 19, said Britney Huelbig, a judicial fellow with the Stanislaus County Superior Court. That amount does not take into account the cost of running the program, she said. So far, the courthouse has spent $110,176 as of May 31 on extra staffing and postage among other expenses, and will recuperate all of that money through program revenues.

While the allocation of revenues varies by county and by violation, on average, Stanislaus County will receive 26 percent of revenues, while the state will receive 61 percent, Stanislaus County Superior Court will receive 5 percent, and the law enforcement agency that issues the ticket will receive about 7 percent, Huelbig said.

To qualify for amnesty, the following conditions must be met:

• The outstanding traffic debt must have been due to be paid in full before Jan. 1, 2009

• The last date in which a payment was made must have been on or before Jan. 1, 2009

• The person cited must have either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full

• Participants must not owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the violation was file

• Participants cannot have outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants or victim restitution orders within Stanislaus County.

Payment for eligible tickets will be accepted at the Court Traffic Division, at 2260 Floyd Ave. in Modesto; the Stanislaus County Clerk’s Office at 1100 I St. in Modesto; online at the court website; or via mail to Stanislaus County Superior Court Amnesty, P.O. Box 1730, Modesto, CA 95353.

The Juvenile Division will also accept payment for eligible juvenile cases at 2215 Blue Gum Ave. in Modesto.

If someone is paying off money to the Stanislaus County Revenue Recovery Division through the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector, they may contact the revenue division to participate in the program. The revenue division can be reached by phone at 525-4450; by mail at P.O. Box 1003, Modesto, CA 95353; or in person at 1010 Tenth St., Suite 2500,in Modesto.

For information regarding the amnesty program: www.stanct.org • Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187, ext. 26, or jonathan@pattersonirrigator.com.

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