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Bill aims to base traffic fines on income in California

5/16/17

This is a problem caused by the legislature adding too many fines and fees to the base violation, the fines and fees on a traffic citation can cause the total cost to increase more than four times the intended fine for the violation.  We need a total overhaul of the laws in this state.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — Tom Miller

A new bill moving through the California Senate would base the amount of a traffic violation fine on a person’s income.

Senate Bill 185 would allow judges to reduce traffic violation fines by up to 80 percent if a person can prove they’re unable to pay the amount — and only if their income is two-and-a-half times above the federal poverty line or less.

The savings would have provided a huge discount to Sacramento resident Tashuna Harding, who owns about $4,000 in fines associated with speeding tickets.

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