Calif. offering amnesty on traffic debt for poor

Posted at 1:10 PM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 16:10:44-04

California is instituting an amnesty program for residents who can't afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court fees that have led to millions of driver's licenses being suspended.

The program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted as part of his annual budget goes into effect Thursday and runs through March 31, 2017.

Under the plan, drivers with lesser infractions would pay either 50 or 80 percent of what they owe, depending on income.

Drivers who have had their licenses revoked would be able to apply to have them reinstated.

DUI violations are not eligible.

Only tickets due to be paid before Jan. 1, 2013, are eligible for discounts.

Since 2006, the state has suspended 4.8 million driver's licenses after motorists failed to pay or appear in court.