Traffic Ticket ‘Amnesty’: Calif. Offers Half-Off Discount To Delinquent Drivers

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Drivers who have put off paying their traffic tickets for years may be eligible for a discount.

State officials are offering a 50 percent reduction in fines for unpaid traffic tickets throughout the state of California.

The discounts will only apply to traffic citations that are at least three years old. Parking tickets, DUI citations and reckless driving cases are ineligible.

If drivers pay off the balance of their fines during the first six months of 2012, they will only be responsible for paying half the total amount.

“This is a win‐win,” according to Ron Overholt, Interim Administrative Director of the Courts. “People have a chance to clear up what they owe to the court at a discount, plus the court and the counties desperately need the money. We hope people will take advantage of this money saving offer.”

The discounts could potentially save drivers hundreds of dollars per citation, while bringing in millions in much-needed revenue to the cash-starved state.

For a full list of requirements and other details, visit the California courts website.

  • Ishudhavebeenacriminal

    So, I pay full price for paying my ticket on time but on the other hand, if I elude payment, have a bench warrent issued for my arrest and keep piling up extra fines, I GET 50% OFF!!!!!! Keeps proving my point that it DOES NOT pay off to follow the rules!

    • PSmith

      the reward for paying your ticket on time and full price is, you wont go to jail after getting pulled over again, because you have a warrent out for your arrest. For not paying your fines.

    • daqvud

      Not to mention that the price of the ticket doubles up the more you are delinquent. You aren’t actually getting a discount if you’re paying on a delinquent ticket.

  • stixman

    This just encourages more people to do more reckless driving. In fact if anyone ever gets a ticket they’ll just wait 3 years to pay half! Why not educate people on driver safety? Oh because that wouldn’t bring in money to government coffers!

  • Terrie

    no not most of these people are illwegal aleins ,because iam i was born here native american/latin descent.! but the tickets that should have been enforced is all those that ran red sigallights those are the ones the state should increase fines on like be 600% of the ticket, they are the ones who kill innocent bystanders every 15 seconds in the united states

  • Terrie

    forgive me for my spelling was off!! but yes born and raised here in california

    • Bite me!

      Would you like a brownie button Terrie for being a native American of latin descent?

      You are forgiven for your spelling was way off!

      The majority of the offenders not paying there tickets are illegals, I know!

      I process a lot of them here in LA County!

  • Tilo STANLEY

    65 Years old.Never caused an Acident.Never had any Points taken from my License.Recently,recieved a Ticcket for ‘Following to Close’.Cost 233 Dollars.This is 1/4 of my Social Security.Should I pay now or waite ?

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  • Bj Reynolds

    the basic fine for many offenses is very small. however, the real crime happens when the court starts adding on a boat load of ‘costs’, which makes the fine actually 5 times larger! we need to throw out the system and throw out those judges along with it!

    • Alan Di

      They want offenders to pay for the court system which they already paid for. No one ever accounts for that money. Where is it?

  • Alan Di

    There is a statute of limitations. Wait it out!

  • pcbosis

    To the person on Social Security I have no income and got a not stopping at a stop sign (which I really did bedause when the officer came up to the window I asked him what the violation was and he would not tell me till the ticket was written and signed. I kept saying that I stopped at the stop sign before he gave me the ticket) The ticket was for $244 which I have to pay but I told the court before hand that I wanted to fight the ticket and when I went on the trial date the officer did not show up so the case was dismissed and I got my money back and off the record. About 30 of the 75 people at the court house that day were dismissed because the officer did not show up.

  • joe

    This is rid

  • joe

    This is ridiculous, I just paid over $400 for my ticket and I paid it on time. What a ripoff this state is….

  • Ian

    If they don’t pay taxes why do you expect them to pay traffic tickets. .. come on!!!!!

  • Nancy

    I have heard it all now this is really upsetting to me because I have to pay a 600.00 ticket and I even went to court to see if I could have it reduced and of course not maybe that is because they are giving overdue ticket holders such a rebate of half off for being late who in the world thought of this we really need to hold on I can only imagine the next brilliant idea these politicians come up with or maybe they have family members that are a large percentage of the people they are addressing it wouldn’t surprise me at all It;s people like me that has very little that struggle always and the rich just keep getting richer and this would make them much richer for only having to pay half and their warrant will be dropped Why is it the law abiding citizens get shafted all the time? I am really getting to the point that i don’t even want to watch the news anymore

    • ryry

      The rich usually don’t have warrants on them.

  • j

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    There is evidence that several corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, even without the supporting evidence of bribery this makes sense.
    If FBI and DEA employees where less concerned with enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes and more concerened with doing their jobs, 911 may never have happened.

  • J.D.

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