Amnesty for Traffic Ticket Recipients

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had a chance to visit and perhaps get into the usual arguments with you family, all in all… a terrific time. Here’s just a brief update on a blog we published a few weeks ago regarding amnesty for all of those “ticket holders” who had neglected to [...]

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had a chance to visit and perhaps get into the usual arguments with you family, all in all… a terrific time. Here’s just a brief update on a blog we published a few weeks ago regarding amnesty for all of those “ticket holders” who had neglected to pay up.

The whole State of California is participating so this will allow everyone who received a traffic citation that was due to be paid by January of 2009 (you’ll have to get a calendar out) to pay only 50% of the original amount. This will not apply to DUI’s or reckless driving fines. Now remember, if you fall into this category, having received a traffic ticket prior to January 1st 2009 you will have from the start of the New Year until June 30th 2012 to take advantage of the ½ off sale.

If you have any outstanding parking tickets, forget about it… they are not included. Same goes for people with outstanding warrants in the county where the ticket was issued… no discount for you! Currently, the unpaid tickets throughout California add up to around $900 million and even with the implementation of this amnesty program, the state expects to collect approximately a little less than $50 million.

So there you have it, the latest update on the traffic ticket amnesty program and remember, if you owe the state (city, county, municipality, etc.) and decide that even 50% is too much, you can then expect “them” to come after you for failure to pay which will increase the fine exponentially and the government will use their usual debt collection practices, including confiscation of state tax refunds.

Like I said, hope you had a great Thanksgiving and if you don’t have any outstanding tickets then go ahead… loosen up your pants and breathe a sigh of relief.