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Published on Friday, February 22, 2013

Changes to bill allowing community service for traffic penalties

The original language of HB 1601 required all courts to offer community service as a replacement for paying traffic fines under certain conditions. AWC had concerns that this would be a burdensome mandate for our municipal courts, as many do not currently have community restitution programs. An amendment adopted in committee removes the requirement that all jurisdictions make community restitution programs available and simply states that if a program exists already, then community restitution for traffic offenses must be offered. The bill also requires the court to waive any additional monetary penalty related to traffic infractions if the court finds the person to be indigent, and allows the court to order a payment plan or community restitution plan in lieu of the penalty upon request.

Categories: Law & justice