Amnesty program offers half-off traffic tickets

FRESNO, Calif.

On Friday Brian Murray paid $25 for a "fix-it" ticket. Murray said this isn't his most expensive fine to date, "One of entering an intersection on a red light and backing up. It cost me $471." He was late when he paid off that traffic ticket.

Starting next year if you have an unpaid ticket, you may want to look into a new program. Tiffany Alvarado with the Superior Court of California said, "People may be on harder times now with the economy the way it is."

The traffic amnesty program kicks off in January, 2012. The California courts system is offering a 50% discount on old, unpaid traffic tickets. According to the state's court system, more than 6-million cases nationwide could qualify.

Only traffic tickets due before January 1, 2009 are eligible. People with parking tickets, DUI and reckless driving cases do not qualify. No payment plans are available under the program.

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