Move California Traffic Tickets into Civil Courts

Date Posted: 06/22/2017

Categories: News, Traffic Tickets, California Drivers

When your car’s tail light fades from red to black, and a cop pulls you over and writes you a ticket, it’s certainly something that, for safety’s sake, you ought to get fixed — but is it really a criminal offense?

Right now in California, it is. But a panel of our state’s top judges, led by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, correctly says that it ought not to be, for a variety of reasons, and they are proposing decriminalizing such infractions — including “California stops” while turning right at a red light, and failing to use your turn signal — by handling them in civil courts instead.

Serious violations of the vehicle code, very much including drunk driving, would still be handled as criminal issues.

This article was originally published in Orange County Register. Continue reading the full article here.